From nurses to lawyers, and journalists to teachers, 62 young adults will be better able to pursue the career of their choice with a little help from AIA; and 62 proud parents from AIA member companies will be relieved to know financial support for their child’s education is on the way. The Automotive Industries Association of Canada is pleased to announce the 2005 winners of the Marion Roberts Scholarship Awards. The scholarships are an AIA member benefit for students pursuing a post secondary education in any field of endeavour. They are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership skills and community involvement to the children of AIA member company employees. “It is interesting to see that a number of the scholarship applicants are pursing entrepreneurial careers in areas such as business,” says AIA President Ray Datt. “It is probably based on the entrepreneurial example their parents set. Many of the parents are jobbers or the owners of family-owned enterprises. The parents of these young people should be very proud. Congratulations and best wishes to them all!” It is often difficult for individual companies, especially small businesses, to be able to offer a scholarship program to their employees. As a national association, AIA is able to offer this scholarship as a member service. While the scholarship is open to all AIA member companies, it is particularly valuable to AIA jobber members and their employees. AIA encourages more member companies, jobbers in particular, to take advantage of the scholarship and let their employees know about it, so that more deserving young people can benefit from this valuable member service. The Marion Roberts scholarship applicants do not have to be pursuing a career in the aftermarket, they can be pursuing any field of study, at any post-secondary level, at any Canadian college or university. The name of the scholarship winner is listed below along with the name of the family member and company that qualified them to win an award. Each scholarship recipient will be awarded $500 to help them with their studies.
Ashley Kwakernaak (Pam Kwakernaak, Excel Auto Supply)
Ashley Molloy (Dennis Molloy, Kings County Auto)
Ashley Kelly (Dan Kelly, Autochoice)
Bobbi Lawlor (David Lawlor, Tanton’s Accessories)
Ashley McLaughlin (Suzanne McLaughlin, Robert K. Buzzell)
Jenna Vance (Gregory Vance, Vance’s Auto Supplies Ltd.)