Delphi Corp. has pledged support for the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) Scholarship fund. Delphi has pledge $3,000 U.S. to the fund, which provides scholarships to students pursuing careers in the automotive aftermarket. “We appreciate Delphi’s investment in the future of the aftermarket,” said Pete Kornafel, GAAS chairman. “Their support will enable us to help more students who will be the future leaders of our industry. We urge other companies in the aftermarket to consider contributing toward the GAAS scholarship program to help ensure a flow of new, young talent into the aftermarket.” The GAAS scholarship program presented 181 awards in 2003, 136 to students in vocational-tech schools. Scholarships also were awarded to 22 Canadian students and 23 students in four-year colleges or universities. In the seven years the scholarship has been presented, nearly 700 students have received aid totalling nearly $600,000. The scholarships are funded through corporate donations such as Delphi’s and 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 has become the aftermarket’s premier educational conference. The 2004 event is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18-19, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago, Ill. Details are at www.globalsymposium.org. The 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.