The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) has announced that a total of 132 students will receive the annual Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Scholarship in 2001. The winners were chosen from...
The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) has announced that a total of 132 students will receive the annual Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Scholarship in 2001. The winners were chosen from a record number of applicants. Twenty Canadian students, representing 15 schools in nine provinces, were a strong segment of the record scholarship recipients. This year marks the fifth year of scholarship awards and brings the total close to 400 winners and close to $500,000 in aid.
“The scholarships are available to students in two-year technical college programs and vocational schools and four-year college programs. In order to be eligible for a GAAS scholarship, Canadian, applicants must be enrolled full-time in a college-level program or an accredited automotive technical program. Graduate programs and part-time undergraduate programs do not qualify” stated Ray Datt, AIA President and member of the Symposium Committee.
The GAAS scholarship is unique because recipients may receive two financial grants; one while they are in school (to assist with tuition), and a matching grant for all scholarship recipients who graduate from their program. Graduates must provide proof of employment in the automotive aftermarket for at least six months after graduation.
Scholarship applications are available from the AIA Canada web site, www.aiacanada.com or by calling AIA (613) 728-5821. Additional information on the symposium and U.S. application forms can be found on the Symposium web site, www.globalsymposium.org. Deadline for 2002 scholarship applications is Jan. 31, 2002. The Canadian winners are:
1. Deanna Barth, Edmonton, AB, NAIT
2. Tara Cooper, London, ON, Fanshawe College
3. Alicia Corey, New Minas, NS, Acadia University
4. Erin Friesen, Surrey, BC, Simon Fraser University