The Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) has awarded total of 145 students $1,000 GAAS scholarships in 2005, including 18 to Canadians. The latest awards push the total number of recipients to more than 1,000 students and more than $1 million in funding in its 10-year history. "In our 10th anniversary year, GAAS had more than 700 students apply, a record number of applicants, and the quality of our applicants also was higher than ever," said Peter Kornafel, chairman of the GAAS Scholarship Selection Committee. "These numbers demonstrate the importance of the program and are evidence why the industry is strongly encouraged to contribute even greater resources toward the program. Assuring our future begins today. "We also are pleased to see a trend of bright young women becoming automotive technicians among our scholarship applicants," Kornafel added. "They are helping to fill the industry gap of the technicians." Of the 145 scholarships given this year, 18 were awarded to Canadian students. The annual investment to help develop future aftermarket industry leaders is primarily 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 has become the aftermarket’s premier educational conference. The 2006 event is set for Wednesday and Thursday, May 17-18, at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Mich. Details are at www.globalsymposium.org.