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News   March 19, 2004   by Auto Service World

2004 GAAS Scholarship Deadline Extended to April 15


The deadline to apply for Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarships awarded to students planning an aftermarket career has been extended to Thursday, April 15, 2004.
Applications for the GAAS scholarships are available in both paper and electronic versions from the Web site, www.automotivescholarships.com.
The GAAS scholarship program presented 181 awards in 2003, 136 to students in vo-tech schools. Scholarships also were awarded to 22 Canadian students and 23 students in four-year colleges or universities. Scholarships have been presented to nearly 700 students totalling nearly $800,000 in the past seven years.
The annual investment to help develop future aftermarket industry leaders is funded through proceeds from the annual Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium. This two-day program brings together numerous industry executives and examines the issues and trends affecting the automotive aftermarket industry and influencing its future. GAAS 2004 is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18-19, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago, Ill. Details are at www.globalsymposium.org.
GAAS scholarships are available to students in two-year technical college programs and vocational schools and four-year college programs. To be eligible for a GAAS scholarship, applicants must be enrolled full-time in a college-level program or a NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation) accredited automotive technical program. Graduate programs and part-time undergraduate programs do not qualify.
Scholarship recipients can receive two financial grants: one while in school to assist with tuition and an equivalent grant awarded when the recipient graduates and provides proof of employment in the automotive aftermarket for at least six months after graduation.
For more information and applications contact the University of the Aftermarket at 816-523-8118 or Jobie Dowd at 919-549-4800 (jdowd@mema.org) for applications.
A separate application for Canadian students is available from the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada at 613-728-5821, or at the organization’s Web site: www.aiacanada.com.


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