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University of the Aftermarket Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients for 2017-2018 Academic Year

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has awarded 127 students with scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year, it was announced today by Pete Kornafel, MAAP, chairman, education committee, University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

“It’s exciting to see that so many young, talented individuals are working very hard to pursue a career in the auto care industry,” said Kornafel. “We are very pleased that the University of the Aftermarket Foundation can assist these students, and others, by helping them with scholarship funds toward their tuition so they can focus on achieving their academic goals.”

Scholarships totaling $188,000 have been awarded to the following students working either to become a mechanical, collision or heavy duty repair professional or who are pursuing a business or engineering degree that will lead to a career in the automotive aftermarket. The recipients attend or will attend a two-year vocational/technical college or a four-year college or university and will each receive a $1,000 - $2,000 award to advance their education.

Adam Haddad, Anthem, Arizona

Ahmad Hijazi, Chula Vista, California

Alec Jobbins, South Lake Tahoe, California

Alexandra Smith, Valley Springs, California

Alexandra Soluri, Hillsdale, New Jersey

Alexis Withers, Collierville, Tennessee

Andrew Biggs, Warrenton, Missouri

Andrew Golfos, Daphne, Alabama

Andrew Norwick, Shelbyville, Kentucky

Andrew Snyder, Indianapolis, Indiana

Antoinette Jackson, Port Jefferson Station, New York

Antoni Olszewski, Ontonagon, Michigan

Ashley Braun, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Augustus Sandels, Cedaredge, Colorado

Austin Arenz, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin

Austin Dowler, McPherson, Kansas

Austin Plave, South Lyon, Michigan

Ben DeMarais, Twin Valley, Minnesota

Brett Kacerek, Ventura, California

Brooke Peckham, Rockford, Michigan

Caleb Fedie, Guyton, Georgia

Cameron Horton, Conway, Arkansas

Carson Garcia, Elgin, Illinois

Charles Rash, Climax, Georgia

Charles Rumore, Birmingham, Alabama

Chris Troupe, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Christopher Hughes, Eugene, Oregon

Christopher Reinwand, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Christopher Rogers, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Christopher Tkach, Los Gatos, California

Cody Anderson, Colliers, West Virginia

Colby Hansen, Ames, Iowa

Cole Cowher, Roanoke, Virginia

Cole Wastler, Bucyrus, Kansas

Colin Brouillard, Plainfield, Illinois

Dakota Korinko, New Eagle, Pennsylvania

Danica Ann Surdilla, San Diego, California

Daniel Ashley, Gates, North Carolina

David Batley, Gainestown, Alabama

Dax Frank, Evansville, Indiana

Dax Peterson, Rigby, Idaho

Declan Wold, Elsah, Illinois

Derek Cheyne, Athens, Michigan

Devin Higginbotham, Michigan City, Indiana

Dominic Norko, Plymouth, Michigan

Drew Adam, Waukon, Iowa

Erik Anderson, Blaine, Minnesota

Ethan Palas, Ballwin, Missouri

Evan Tollios, Batavia, Illinois

Floyd Powell, Benson, North Carolina

Fredrick Seifert, Twin Falls, Idaho

Garrett Boles, Oreland, Pennsylvania

George Williamson, San Jose, California

German Gonzalez, Lindenwold, New Jersey

Grace Barrows, Stowe, Vermont

Hayden Brandner, Meridian, Idaho

Hayk Karapetyan, Frederick, Maryland

Heather Varner, Saint Helens, Oregon

Hubert Celinski, Naperville, Illinois

Isabella Zacchia, Lakeland, Florida

Jacob Dietz, Oswego, Illinois

Jacob Zelasko, Elma, New York

Jaxen Stewart, Pittsburg, Kansas

 

In addition to the above named recipients, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation also awards named scholarships on behalf of a variety of individuals and organizations. To learn more or apply for a scholarship, visit www.UofAFoundation.com.

 

News Archive

Pronto Awards Six Auto Service Center Scholarships

Distributors Increase Support of AWDA Challenge

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients for 2017-2018 Academic Year

National Pronto Association to Award Pronto Auto Service Scholarships

New TechForce Foundation Scholarship Available Through University of the Aftermarket Foundation

Northwood University Education Leaders Memorial Scholarship Established to Honor Jim John, Bob Sundwick

Apply for Automotive Scholarships by March 31

East Penn Becomes Lifetime Trustee of University of the Aftermarket Foundation

Purchases Made at www.smile.amazon.com Help Fund Automotive Scholarships

GAAS, University of the Aftermarket Foundation Unite

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Announces Officers, Trustees for 2017

Dayco Establishes Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship In Memory Of Late President Ed Rammel

The Network Becomes Gold Lifetime Trustee of University of the Aftermarket Foundation

Federated Auto Parts Becomes Gold Lifetime Trustee of University of the Aftermarket Foundation

Now Accepting Automotive Scholarship Applications

Automotive Parts Associates Establishes Scholarship Opportunities for Children of Shareholders and Employees

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AWDA “Challenge” Raises Over $58,000 for University of the Aftermarket Foundation

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Grants $10,000 to

Car Care Council Women’s Board Scholarship Program

University of the Aftermarket Foundation

Announces Officers, Trustees for 2016

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Two Students Awarded Scholarships In Memory of George Segal

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Funds 174 Scholarship Awards for 2015-2016 Academic Year

2015 Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Recipients

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Establishes Memorial Fund to Honor Industry Leader Jack Creamer

Two Students Awarded Scholarships From The Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund

Automotive Aftermarket Riders’ Club Heads to Death Valley To Support University of the Aftermarket Foundation

Three Students Awarded Scholarships From the Larry W. McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund

University of the Aftermarket Foundation to Increase Scholarship Funding by $100,000

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Contributes $15,000 to University of the Aftermarket Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerod Sneed, Abilene, Texa

Jesse Hallock, Tenants Harbor, Maine

Jesse Toombs, Bolivar, Missouri

Joel Keneipp, Chatham, Virginia

John Smith, Skiatook, Oklahoma

Jordan Harber, Pulaski, Virginia

Joseph Burger , Mililani, Hawaii

Joseph Hackenberg, Milton, Pennsylvania

Joseph Kilsdonk, Moorhead, Minnesota

Joshua Wilhelm, Holton, Kansas

Kamran Ahmed, Novi,  Michigan

Kevin Vasquez, Oakdale, Connecticut

Kyle Andrzejewski, Chesterfield, Michigan

Kyle Martin, Parma Heights, Ohio

Kyle Petersen,  Mahopac, New York

Kyle Shepherd, Durango, Colorado

Kyle Verslues, Jefferson City, Missouri

Kyson Filiaga, Pleasant View, Utah

Lateef Biriowo, Brooklyn, New York

Madison Gremore, Schoolcraft, Michigan

Madison Lusche, Columbus, Nebraska

Malorie Dyda, Romulus, Michigan

Marc Grewell, Joliet, Montana

Mark Balasbas, Waialua, Hawaii

Mark Bowman, Conestoga, Pennsylvania

Matt Ettore, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Matt Strand, Plymouth, Wisconsin

Matthew Vanderheyden, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Megan Dietrich, Charlotte, North Carolina

Megan Eldredge, North Ogden, Utah

Melchor Mendoza, Goshen, Indiana

Melina Amico, Rochester, Michigan

Melissa Lauria, St. Petersburg, Florida

Michael Cline, Springfield, Missouri

Michael Guzman, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Michael Leno, Rochester, New Hampshire

Natasha Burns, Las Vegas, Nevada

Natcin Gonzalez, Clearfield, Utah

Nathan Palfalvi, Oswego, Illinois

Nicholas Luther, Chesterland, Ohio

Nicholas VanGorden, Horseheads, New York

Nicol Henriquez, Los Angeles, California

Norman Page, Red Springs, North Carolina

Paige Milem, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Quartrina Nathan, Las Vegas, Nevada

Renae Giertych, Sparta, Wisconsin

Ryan Hack, Sedalia, Colorado

Ryan Meppelink, Zeeland, Michigan

Samantha Adams, Moorhead, Minnesota

Samantha Cotell, McPherson, Kansas

Samuel Redmond, Saginaw, Michigan

Sharnice Moore, Charlotte, North Carolina

Timothy Kloida, De Pere, Wisconsin

Travis Krueger, Gladwin, Michigan

Trevon Garner, Cypress, Texas

Trevor Cochran, Anchorage, Alaska

Tucker Hutton, Hobbs, New Mexico

Tyler Staten, Galloway, Ohio

Tyler Thibodeau, Salem, New Hampshire

Victoria Lape, Titusville, Florida

William Farkash, Seaford, New York

Zacary Fraser, Nottingham, New Hampshire

Zachary Pittman, Clear Lake, Wisconsin

Zachery Miller, Rexburg, Idaho

Distributors Increase Support of AWDA Challenge

Booth Meetings Added to Further Benefit University of the Aftermarket Foundation

Distributors participating in the upcoming 2017 Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Business and Education Conference have increased their support of the AWDA Challenge, raising their donation by 250 percent for each one-on-one meeting held.

AWDA Challenge donations made by distributors and vendors will no longer be limited to one-on-one meetings, but will also include booth meetings between member distributors and their vendor partners during the 2017 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX).

“Last year, the AWDA Challenge raised more than $83,000, an increase of $25,000 over the previous year. With the additional amount donated by each distributor, plus the addition of booth meetings during AAPEX, the 2017 AWDA Challenge promises to be another record year,” said John R. Washbish, MAAP, senior vice chairman, University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Auto Plus, Automotive Distribution Network, Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association have each pledged to raise their donation for every one-on-one and booth meeting held between their member distributors and vendor partners during the Las Vegas conference.

“We are very grateful to all who participate in the AWDA Challenge,” continued Washbish. “Their active involvement helps support the foundation’s mission of providing educational scholarships to worthy students interested in pursuing careers in the auto care industry.”

To learn more about scholarships funded by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, visit http://www.automotivescholarships.com.

Pronto Awards Six Auto Service Center Scholarships

National Pronto Association has recently awarded six Auto Service Center scholarships, according to Bill Maggs, president and CEO of National Pronto Association.

The following students will receive scholarships for the 2017-18 school year: Rebekah Bishop of Benton, Tennessee; Anna Christians of Sheldon, Iowa; Marcus Ripley of Spring, Texas; Alannah Schwartz of Santa Cruz, California; Jerod Sneed of Abilene, Texas; and Lauren Winefsky of El Mirage, Arizona.

The annual Pronto scholarship program is funded by National Pronto Association and its warehouse distributor members and is administered by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. Sons, daughters and employees of any active Pronto Auto Service Center currently purchasing from a Pronto member are eligible for consideration. Candidates must be attending a two or four-year accredited college, an ASE/NASTEF certified post-secondary automotive/heavy duty/collision technician training program or any licensed and accredited vocational school.

“We are honored to present scholarships to these very deserving students,” said Maggs. “Pronto is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to our members’ employees and families. These scholarships demonstrate our commitment to help educate, prepare and support the next generation of the Pronto family.”

To be apply for future scholarship opportunities, visit www.automototivescholarships.com. Each application will be considered for every scholarship where the application meets the qualifications.

 

National Pronto Association to Award Pronto Auto Service Scholarships

Visit www.automotivescholarships.com to Apply by March 31 Deadline

The National Pronto Association and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation have established 12 annual scholarships for employees and children of active Pronto Auto Service Center customers.

The $2,500 scholarships, funded by National Pronto Association and its warehouse distributor members, are administered by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. Eligible students may apply online by visiting www.automotivescholarships.com and clicking on Pronto. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.

“We commend National Pronto and its members for making an investment in the future of the employees and children of its Pronto Auto Service members,” said Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “On behalf of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, we are proud to partner with Pronto to help make continuing education more accessible and affordable for members of the Pronto family.”

To be eligible, Pronto scholarship applicants must meet the criteria outlined in the Pronto section of the Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Central website and must name Pronto in the sponsor section of their completed application. Qualified students include those attending a two or four-year accredited college, an ASE/NATEF certified post-secondary automotive/heavy duty/collision technician training program, or any licensed and accredited vocation school. In addition, students graduating from high school in 2017 that will attend one of these post-secondary programs are also eligible.

As an added benefit, all completed scholarship applications submitted by the March 31, 2017 deadline will be considered by every organization listed on www.automotivescholarships.com where the qualifications are met. Last year more than 50 students received multiple scholarships from their one application.

New TechForce Foundation Scholarship Available Through University of the Aftermarket Foundation

The TechForce Foundation will award a new $2,500 scholarship to a high school graduate planning to attend an ASE/NATEF post-secondary school. The scholarship will be administered through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation scholarship central program.

“The TechForce Foundation seeks to help students train for careers in the automotive aftermarket and that goal aligns perfectly with the mission of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation,” said Pete Kornafel, MAAP, a trustee of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “We want to thank TechForce for its generous scholarship offering and welcome them to our organization.”

To be eligible for the TechForce Foundation scholarship, an applicant must be a 2017 high school graduate, planning a career in the automotive aftermarket as an automotive, collision or heavy duty service technician, and must have at least a 3.0 high school grade point average. Because the award is issued directly to the school, the scholarship recipient must also provide post-secondary enrollment confirmation.

To apply for the new TechForce Foundation scholarship by the March 31, 2017 deadline, visit http://www.automotivescholarships.com/scholarshiptype.cfm?type=50.

For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, or to make a donation, call (816) 584-0511. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

About TechForce Foundation:

TechForce Foundation encourages and supports students to and through their technical education, and into careers in the automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, marine, NASCAR and other transportation industries through scholarships, grants, career development and other special programs. For more information, visit www.techforcefoundation.org.

Federated Car Care Center Scholarships to be Awarded

Apply Online at www.automotivescholarships.com by March 31

Fisher Auto Parts and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation will award 12 scholarships to the children or employees of Federated Car Care customers of any Federated Auto Parts member. To apply online by the March 31, 2017 deadline, eligible candidates should visit www.automotivescholarships.com and click on Federated.

The Federated Car Care scholarships are funded by Fisher Auto Parts in memory of the late Art Fisher, founder of Federated Auto Parts, and are administered by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

“The new Federated scholarships commemorate the legacy of Art Fisher, an industry icon with an unparalleled commitment to education,” said Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “On behalf of everyone at the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, we thank Fisher Auto Parts for its generous contribution. I’m sure Art would be very proud to know these funds will be used to help the sons, daughters and employees of Federated Car Care customers pursue continued education.”

Twelve scholarships, each with a value of $2,500, will be awarded to the employees or children of Federated Car Care Center members. To qualify, applicants must meet the criteria outlined in the Federated section of the foundation’s Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Central website and must name Federated in the sponsor section of their completed application.

As an added bonus, each candidate’s completed scholarship application will be considered by every organization listed on www.automotivescholarships.com where the scholarship qualifications are met. Last year more than 50 students received multiple scholarships from their one application. The deadline for scholarship applications is
March 31, 2017.

Northwood University Education Leaders Memorial Scholarship Established to Honor Jim John, Bob Sundwick

Northwood University and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation have established a new Northwood University Education Leaders Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jim John and Bob Sundwick.

Northwood University Education Leaders Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to students attending the automotive aftermarket program at Northwood University. The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is accepting contributions to the scholarship fund that honors the two former Northwood automotive program professors.

“We are very fortunate to have had esteemed leaders like Bob and Jim as part of the Northwood University faculty. They are both greatly missed,” said Keith Pretty, president and CEO of Northwood University. “We are proud to establish the Northwood University Education Leaders Memorial Scholarship in their memory. It is a fitting tribute to two dedicated professors who well-prepared their students to join the industry workforce.”

John, an avid Air Force veteran, passed away in 2015 after a 40-plus year career in the automotive aftermarket. He held positions at Champion Spark Plug Co., Genuine Parts Co. (NAPA) and Triad Systems Corp. During his 22 years at Northwood University, John served as chair of the Aftermarket Management Program and as director of automotive program development and recruiting. In 2009, he received the Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award for his outstanding work.

A native of Flint, Michigan, Sundwick passed away last month after a lengthy career in the automotive aftermarket. He devoted 18 years after his retirement to give back to the industry, serving as both professor and chairman of the Automotive Aftermarket Management department at the Florida campus of Northwood University.

“It is an honor to have known Jim and Bob,” said Pete Kornafel, MAAP, a trustee of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Both men made significant contributions to the aftermarket throughout their careers and during their time at Northwood University, helping many young people enter the aftermarket knowledgeably and successfully.”

To make a donation in memory of Bob Sundwick and/or Jim John, visit www.UofAFoundation.com or send a check, made payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation/Northwood, 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814 or call (816) 584-0511. The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

About Northwood University

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at a full-service, residential campus located in mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in multiple states and online. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening, weekend programming in Michigan and Texas, and online. The Michigan-based Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

For additional information regarding Northwood University, go to www.northwood.edu.

East Penn Becomes Lifetime Trustee of University of the Aftermarket Foundation

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation welcomes East Penn Manufacturing Company as a lifetime trustee following its recent donation in memory of DeLight Breidegam, founder and former chairman of East Penn and his daughter Sally Miksiewicz, former CEO and vice chairman of the private, family-owned company.

Christopher Pruitt, president of East Penn, will serve as the company’s representative on the University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees.

“When DeLight was honored by Northwood University with the Outstanding Business Leader Award, it was a testament to the profound impact he and Sally have had on our company and the industry. While we greatly miss their leadership and friendship, their legacy will live on through the education of the next generation of industry professionals,” said Pruitt. “Education has always been an important part of the East Penn culture, so this donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation is a fitting tribute to the memory of these two well-respected leaders.”

“On behalf of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, I want to extend my sincere thanks to East Penn for their generous contribution in memory of DeLight and Sally,” said Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “We welcome East Penn as a lifetime trustee and appreciate their active support of the foundation’s mission to educate and attract talent to the aftermarket.”

For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, call (816) 584-0511. To make a donation, send a check, made payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, to 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

About East Penn Manufacturing Company

East Penn is a leading manufacturer of high quality lead-acid batteries and accessories for the automotive, commercial, marine, motive power, UPS and telecommunication markets. The company’s quality and environmental systems for its entire 520-acre complex have been certified to ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949:2009 and ISO 14001:2004 requirements. For more information, contact East Penn Manufacturing Co., Lyon Station, PA 19536 or visit the company website at www.eastpennmanufacturing.com.

Apply for Automotive Scholarships by March 31

New $5,000 Scholarships among Hundreds of Scholarships to be Awarded

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is now accepting applications for automotive scholarships at its Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Central website at www.automotivescholarships.com. The application deadline is March 31, 2017.

Interested candidates can view a wide array of scholarship opportunities from more than 30 industry organizations. Hundreds of scholarships are available for students enrolled in college and ASE/NATEF certified automotive, collision and heavy duty post-secondary schools. By completing a single application online, students can be considered for multiple scholarships for the 2017-18 school year.

New to the scholarship offerings are five $5,000 scholarships from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

“Thanks to the generosity of so many industry organizations and individuals, this will be a record year for scholarships awarded to students planning to enter the automotive industry upon graduation,” said Pete Kornafel, MAAP, a trustee of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “We are pleased to have added more scholarship opportunities for the 2017-18 school year and encourage interested students to apply today.”

A full list of scholarships is featured on the Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Central home page, and there is a page outlining each organization’s scholarship details, eligibility requirements and awards. To apply for as many scholarships as possible, applicants should thoroughly read the individual pages to ensure they include the proper information required by each organization.

Purchases Made at www.smile.amazon.com Help Fund Automotive Scholarships

Everyday purchases made at Amazon can help the University of the Aftermarket Foundation provide scholarships and educational opportunities to deserving students seeking a career in the auto care industry.

“We encourage those who make their career in the auto care industry to take a moment and visit www.smile.amazon.com,” said Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Each purchase made through this dedicated web portal will help the University of the Aftermarket Foundation fund automotive scholarships. It takes just a moment to set up and is an easy way to help others during the holiday season and throughout the year.”

Simply visit www.smile.amazon.com and enter University of the Aftermarket Foundation in the “pick your own charitable foundation” box. Click search and then select the University of the Aftermarket Foundation as your charity of choice. Each time you access the Amazon website through www.smile.amazon.com and make a purchase, Amazon will make a contribution to the foundation on your behalf.

GAAS, University of the Aftermarket Foundation Unite

Representatives from the Global Automotive Symposium, Inc. (GAAS) and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation have worked closely to bring the two organizations together. GAAS will dissolve as a non-for-profit organization and donate its net assets to the foundation. An official confirmation vote was held during the recent University of the Aftermarket Foundation annual board of trustees meeting.

Established with the support of Mort Schwartz, MAAP and the late Jack Creamer, GAAS was formed to raise funds for aftermarket scholarships and educational initiatives and thrived under the leadership of Schwartz, David Caracci, MAAP and Dennis Welvaert, MAAP. Due to an ever more crowded industry events calendar, leadership of the long-standing organization decided to stop holding its annual symposium in 2015 and focused its attention on Automotive Central, its well-regarded scholarship program led by industry veteran Pete Kornafel, MAAP. Kornafel will continue to administer the scholarship program as chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation education and scholarship committee.

“Because GAAS and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation share a similar mission, and the foundation has been the largest source of funds for aftermarket scholarships, it only made sense to join forces to achieve a common goal,” said Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “By donating its net assets to the University of Aftermarket Foundation, the proud legacy of GAAS will continue on. We thank Mort, Dave and Denny for 20 successful years of leadership and applaud Jack and Mort for their vision. Together, we begin the next chapter of their mission.”

For more information or to make a donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, visit www.UofAFoundation.com or call Barbara Cunningham at (816) 584-0511. The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Announces Officers, Trustees
for 2017

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees has elected its officers for fiscal year 2017. An official confirmation vote was held during the recent University of the Aftermarket Foundation annual board of trustees meeting. The new slate of officers are:

  • Chairman – Timothy Lee, MAAP, chairman, Lang Distributing
  • Senior Vice Chairman – John R. Washbish, MAAP, president and CEO, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance
  • Second Vice Chairman – Larry Pavey, AAP, president, Federated Auto Parts
  • Treasurer – Bill Maggs, MAAP, president and CEO, National Pronto Association
  • Secretary – Joe Pomaranski, MAAP, senior vice president and general manager, global aftermarket, Tenneco, Inc.

The following individuals will serve on the University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees in the coming year:

  • Doug Arnold, Robert Bosch, LLC
  • Bill Babcox, AAP, Babcox Media Inc.
  • Jim Buzzard, AAP, The Clay Buzzard Family
  • Michael Cardone III, CARDONE Industries
  • Jeff Darby, Dorman Products, Inc.
  • Mark Drennan, ACDelco
  • Philip Halberg, Federal-Mogul Motorparts
  • Bill Hanvey, AAP, Auto Care Association
  • Cliff Hovis, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply
  • Ken Kee, AAP, Dayco Products
  • Pete Kornafel, MAAP
  • Bill Long, AAP, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
  • Dave McColley, Wix Global Filtration/Affinia Group, Inc.
  • Roger McCollum, AAP, N.A. Williams Co.
  • David O’Reilly, The O’Reilly and Wooten Families
  • Robert Raff, MAAP, The Bob and Margie Raff Family
  • Jack Ramsey, AAP, Gates Corporation
  • Mort Schwartz, MAAP, Schwartz Advisors
  • David T. Segal, MAAP, Automotive Distribution Network
  • Eric Sills, AAP, Standard Motor Products Inc.
  • Scott Thompson, Epicor Software Corporation

The reigning “Jack Creamer Leader of the Year” award recipient, Fred Bunting, MAAP, founder and chairman of Auto-Wares Group of Companies, has been appointed to serve a one-year term, filling the lifetime trustee seat in Creamer’s name.

Rusty Bishop, AAP, will continue as chairman’s advisor and several more will serve as members of the board of trustees in a variety of support roles: JR Bishop, YANG representative; Barbara Cunningham, administrator; George Keeley, legal counsel; Ken Marker, investment advisor; Nathan Perrine, comptroller; Larry Northup, AAP, AWDA liaison; Margo Shepard, investment advisor and Jennifer Tio, marketing representative.

Dayco Establishes Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship In Memory Of Late President Ed Rammel


Dayco announced it has established the Ed Rammel Memorial Scholarship Fund through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, funded by Dayco in memory of its late president of the North American and Australian Aftermarket.

After a nearly two-year battle with cancer, Rammel passed away on Sept. 26, at the age of 61. Rammel started his career in 1975 with the Dayton Tire and Rubber Co. and had more than 35 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket. He joined Dayco in 1985 as an associate in the finance department. In 1989, he transferred to the marketing department and in 1995, Rammel was promoted to the position of vice president of marketing. In 2011, he was again promoted to the role of president of the North American and Australian Aftermarket, a position he held until his passing.

“Ed had a positive impact on the entire automotive aftermarket and had a great balance of intensity, intelligence and humor with a deep love and passion for all the people he touched during his time with us,” said John Bohenick, CEO for Dayco. “This scholarship is a fitting tribute to Ed and his many contributions to Dayco and the automotive aftermarket.”

During his time in the industry, Rammel was active in trade associations, served on several committees, and was on the board of trustees for the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and was chairman of the Education Committee. He was a frequent speaker at major industry events and a strong supporter of the adoption of aftermarket data standards.

Rammel graduated with a B.S.B.A. from The Ohio State University, an Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dayton, and a DBA from California Coast University. He was awarded the Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designation from Northwood’s University of the Aftermarket in October 2001.

Dayco will be accepting donations for the scholarship fund AAPEX 2016, Nov. 1-3, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.Ed Rammel

While all students are encouraged to apply, first priority in awarding scholarships is given to those pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket, and second priority is given to sons and daughters of industry families. More information and eligibility requirements can be found on the Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship website at automotivescholarships.com/Rammel.

The Network Becomes Gold Lifetime Trustee of University of the Aftermarket Foundation


Automotive Distribution Network (ADN) has reached Gold Lifetime Trustee status following its recent donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

“The University of the Aftermarket Foundation thanks The Network for their generous support of industry education, especially in the area of scholarship awards,” said Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “We are proud to have leading aftermarket organizations like The Network serve as stewards of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. Through their generosity and involvement, we are able to fund hundreds of scholarships each year so that talented individuals can pursue careers in the auto care industry.”

The Gold Lifetime Trustee designation is reserved for those donating $250,000 to $499,999 to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. ADN joins the following organizations in this elite category of donors: Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), Dayco Products, Federated Auto Parts, Gates Corporation and Tenneco Automotive.

“The Network is honored to provide ongoing support to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation as a Gold Lifetime Trustee,” says David Prater, president of the Network. “A pledge to the foundation is an investment in the future of the industry, helping to ensure the continued availability of training and education that are the backbones of the business.”

For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, email Barbara Cunningham at cunningham8095@yahoo.com. To make a donation, send a check, made payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, to 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Federated Auto Parts Becomes Gold Lifetime Trustee of University of the Aftermarket Foundation


Federated Auto Parts has become a Gold Lifetime Trustee of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation following a recent donation made to the foundation in honor of Larry Sills, executive chairman of Standard Motor Products and inaugural “Jack Creamer Leader of the Year” award recipient.

“At Federated, we believe that education and training are critical to the future success of our members, customers and the industry as a whole,” said Rusty Bishop, AAP, CEO of Federated Auto Parts. “We recently inducted Larry Sills into the Federated Vendor Hall of Fame because he shares the same passion for learning. It was only fitting that we make a donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in his name to acknowledge his commitment to education and demonstrate our continued support of the foundation’s mission.”

The Gold Lifetime Trustee designation is reserved for those donating $250,000 to $499,999 to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. Federated joins the following organizations in this elite category of donors: Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), Dayco Products, Gates Corporation and Tenneco Automotive.

“The University of the Aftermarket Foundation thanks Federated Auto Parts for their generous donation in honor of Larry Sills,” said Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Federated has been a well-known proponent of education since the group was first founded by Art Fisher and Rusty Bishop. Their long history of supporting industry education coupled with this most recent contribution to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation are a testament to that fact.”

For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, email Barbara Cunningham at cunningham8095@yahoo.com. To make a donation, send a check, made payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, to 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Now Accepting Automotive Scholarship Applications


Applications are now being accepted online for automotive scholarship opportunities offered by more than 30 auto care industry organizations, including the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, it was announced today by Pete Kornafel, MAAP, a trustee of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

By visiting www.automotivescholarships.com, interested candidates can view a wide array of scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are available for students enrolled in two-year technical colleges or vocational schools and training to become automotive, heavy duty or collision repair technicians, as well as students in four-year college programs pursuing a degree in business, marketing, engineering or other major courses of study and planning to enter the automotive field upon graduation.

“For the current school year, a record number of automotive scholarships were awarded, totaling more than $400,000, and we are pleased to have added even more opportunities for the 2017-18 school year,” said Kornafel. “We encourage deserving students that are pursuing a career in the auto care industry to visit the Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Central website and apply today.”

By completing a single application on the Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Central website, students can be considered for multiple scholarships for the 2017-18 school year. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.

“Applications are reviewed by each organization where the applicant meets the specified criteria,” said Kornafel. “A full list of scholarships is featured on the home page, and there is a page outlining each organization’s scholarship details, eligibility requirements and awards. To apply for as many scholarships as possible, applicants should thoroughly read the individual pages to ensure they include the proper information required by each organization.”

Automotive Parts Associates Establishes Scholarship Opportunities for Children of Shareholders and Employees


Automotive Parts Associates (APA) has established a scholarship program for the children of APA shareholders and their employees in conjunction with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF). Once a student applies for an APA scholarship, the applicant will also be considered for UAF and other scholarships available through the www.automotivescholarships.com website.

“On behalf of the board of directors of APA, I am pleased that APA can be involved in the educational pursuits of its shareholders and their employees. Partnering with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation is an excellent way to achieve this endeavor and we look forward to being involved with the continued success of this program,” said Gary Martin, AAP, president and CEO of Automotive Parts Associates.

APA will award five $1,000 scholarships each year to children of APA shareholders and their employees who are attending or will attend a two or four-year accredited college; an ASE/NATEF certified post-secondary automotive, heavy duty or collision technician training program; or any licensed and accredited vocational school. Eligible students may apply on-line by completing the scholarship application form as well as submitting the accompanying APA form to APA headquarters.

“We want to commend APA for establishing scholarships for the children of their shareholders and employees, and thank them for collaborating with us on this effort,” said Pete Kornafel, MAAP, a trustee of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Last year more than 50 students received more than one scholarship from one application, so by working together we can ensure that APA applicants receive proper consideration for the APA awards and also other industry scholarship opportunities.”

Applications for APA scholarships for 2017 will be accepted mid-September through March 31, 2017. To learn more, visit www.automotivescholarships.com and click on the APA link.

 

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Announces 135 Scholarship Recipients for 2016-2017 Academic Year


The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has awarded 135 students with scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year, it was announced today by Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

“It’s exciting to see that so many young, talented individuals are working very hard to pursue a career in the auto care industry,” said Lee. “With the rising cost of education, we are very pleased that the University of the Aftermarket Foundation can assist these students, and others, to achieve their academic goals.”

Scholarships totaling $175,000 have been awarded to the following students working either to become a mechanical, collision or heavy duty repair professional or who are pursuing a business or engineering degree that will lead to a career in the automotive aftermarket. The recipients attend or will attend a two-year vocational/technical college or a four-year college or university and will each receive a $1,000 - $2,000 award to advance their education.

Adam Jensen, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Ahmad Abu Ghalyoun, Wheeling, Ill.

Aldin Bise, Peck, Kan.

Alejandro Olivo, Ludowici, Ga.

Alexander Fischer, Lockport, N.Y.

Alyson Lippincott, San Antonio, Texas

Amaniel Marrero, Kissimmee, Fla.

Andrew Erickson, Rolling Meadows, Ill.

Andrew Golfos, Daphne, Ala.

Andrew Muntz, Cass City, Mich.

Angel Segura, Spring Valley, Calif.

Anthony Wendlandt, Paynesville, Minn.

Autsin Fisher, Melbourne, Fla.

Austin Nelson, Higbee, Miss.

Autsin Odom, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Austin VanNoort, Canton, S.D.

Benjamin Smith, Medical Lake, Wash.

Bodhi Hannert, Salina, Kan.

Brad Lyons, Avonmore, Pa.

Brandt Etheridge, Hampshire, Ill.

Brett Norsworthy, Monroe, La.

Brooke Peckham, Rockford, Mich.

Byeong Min, Upland, Calif.

Caleb Cartmell, Honesdale, Pa.

Cheale Clemans, Canon City, Colo.

Chris Hughes, Eugene, Ore.

Christian Penso, Katy, Texas

Christopher Holloway, Saint Charles, Ill.

Christopher Reynolds, Gloucester, Va.

Christopher Silvas, Corpus Christi, Texas

Christopher Troupe, Lee’s Summit, Miss.

Christopher Wells, Ashland, Ky.

Cody Broering, New Weston, Ohio

Cotdell Bennett, Bronson, Mich.

Dakota St. John, Novi, Mich.

Dallas Stoker, Layton, Utah

Dalton Johnson, Union Grove, N.C.

Dalton Wood, Fort Morgan, Colo.

Daniel Moreno, La Mesa, Calif.

David De Los Santos, Gainesville, Fla.

Davison Emery, Goshen, Ind.

Dawson Adams, Noctor, Ky.

Derek Williams, College Place, Wash.

Deveri White, Fairfax, Va.

Devon Oslund, Slinger, Wis.

Dillon Brown, Salem, S.C.

Doris Kotori, Wixom, Mich.

Dylan Gardner, Castle Rock, Colo.

Elizabeth Niemi, Howell, Mich.

Eric Taylor, Spanaway, Wash.

Ethan Daniel, Boston, Mass.

Gary Gilmore, Tahlequah, Okla.

George Williamson, San Jose, Calif.

Gilbert Rodriguez, Cedar Grove, N.J.

Jacob Crum, Columbia, Miss.

Jacob Zelasko, Elma, N.Y.

James Collins, Campton, Ky.

James Howell, Cochran, Ga.

Jason Gozdecki, Portland, Ore.

Jason Otto, St. Thomas, Miss.

Jaxen Stewart, Council Grove, Kan.

Jed Cawley, Layton, Utah

Jenny Wong, Los Angeles, Calif.

Jon Erickson, Andover, Minn.

Jonathan Fairbanks, Onaga, Kan.

Jordan Garcia, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Jordan Nelson, Denver, Colo.

Jose Juan Pearson, Moulton, Ala.

 

In addition to the above named recipients, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation also awards named scholarships on behalf of a variety of individuals and organizations.

 

 

Joseph Burger, Pearl City, Hawai

Joshua Canuto, Waterflow, N.M.

Joshua Witt, Saul Village, Ill.

Kasey Ayres, North Kansas City, Miss.

Katherine Dooley, Linwood, Mich.

Kendall Clemons, Wytheville, Va.

Kevin Rigby, Lowell, Fla.

Kyle Petersen, Mahopac, N.Y.

Kyle Tamburro, Hawthorne, N.J.

Kyson Filiaga, Ogden, Utah

Laura Philipp, Pinconning, Mich.

Levi Peterson, Johnstown, N.Y.

Logan Riesterer, Pittsford, Vt.

Mark Powers, Marcus Hook, Pa.

Matthew Bisbee, Orr, Minn.

Matthew George, Crowley, Texas

Matthew Walsh, Starkville, Miss.

Matthew Yurinich, Phillips, Wis.

Michael Cline, Springfield, Miss.

Michael McGinnis, Tappan, N.Y.

Miranda Meyers, Oakland, Calif.

Nathan Day, Plymouth, Ind.

Ngoc Hua, Alhambra, Calif.

Nicholas Napravnik, Gilbert, Ariz.

Noah Rivera, Uniontown, Ohio

Owen Braun, Fulton, N.Y.

Patrick Williams, Breinigsville, Pa.

Paul Bouras, Makanda, Ill.

Pferd Kennedy, Humble, Texas

Rich Dao, Columbia, Miss.

Robert Cashman, Menifee, Calif.

Robert Edington, Hesperia, Calif.

Robert Judy, Shanks, W.Va.

Robert Noe, Norridgewock, Maine

Robert Osborne, Mabank, Texas

Ruben Morales, Laredo, Texas

Ryan Bucci, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Ryan Henderson, Sussex, N.J.

Samuel Avila, Hialeah, Fla.

Schuyller Nagorski, Tacoma, Wash.

Sean Kimble, Clayton, N.C.

Seth Carstens, Aloha, Ore.

Shannon Holsten, Stover, Miss.

Sina Eslami Amir Abadi, Seattle, Wash.

Steven Tate, McMinnville, Tenn.

Sy Seley, Bonifay, Fla.

Taeus Janssen-Madden, Olympia, Wash.

Talon Owens, Mesa, Ariz.

Tanner Burdick, Albany, Ore.

Tegan Wiggins, Spokane, Wash.

Tom Vu, Garden Grove, Calif.

Travers Brito, Nashua, N.H.

Travis Burrows, Brownfield, Maine

Trevor Grubb, Ellsworth, Iowa

Tura Ruel, East Montpelier, Vt.

Tyler Bishop, Mentor, Ohio

Tyler Brown, Albertville, Minn.

Tyler Hommerding, Saint Joseph, Minn.

Tyler Hottle, Preston, Md.

William Hill, Wingate, N.C.

Willie Perry, North Wilkesboro, N.C.

Wyatt Hatcher, Covina, Calif.

Yenifer Osorio Lazaro, Annandale, Va.

Zachary Baker, Strasburg, Va.

Zachary Jones, Sheridan, Ark.

Zachary Morgan, Wenonah, N.J.

Zachery Miller, Heflin, Ala.

 

 

Five Students Awarded Scholarships From the Larry W. McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund


Five students have been selected as recipients of scholarships from the Larry W. McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Affinia Group Inc. within the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to honor McCurdy, chairman of the board of Affinia Group Inc., who passed away in August 2010.

The Larry W. McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded five $1,500 scholarships to students in four-year programs preparing for aftermarket careers in engineering, business, accounting or other professional positions. The recipients for the 2016-2017 academic year are:

• Ellen Donabedian, Troy, MI, attending Michigan State University, Supply Chain Management and Spanish

• Ryan Hack, Sedalia, CO, attending Colorado State University, Mechanical Engineering

• Zachary Jones, Sheridan, AR, attending University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Marketing

• Alyson Lippincott, San Antonio, TX, attending Texas A&M University, Business-Accounting

• Ben Segal, Bow, NH, studying Business/Mathematics

Automotive Scholarship Central collaborates with these state associations and other automotive groups to award scholarships:

• Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS)

• Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Carolinas and Tennessee (AAACT)

• Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS)

• Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois (APSA of Illinois)

• Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota Inc.

• Automotive Service Council Education Fund (California) (ASCEF)

• California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA)

• Car Care Council Women’s Board (WB)

• Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Inc. (GAAS)

• Kentucky/Indiana Automotive Wholesalers Association

• Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA)

• Midwest Automotive Parts and Service Association (MAPSA)

• North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Education Foundation

• New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association (NYSAAA)

• Wisconsin Automotive Part Association (WAPA)

• Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

• Auto Care Association Telematics Challenge

• Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association/Overseas Automotive Council

• Bosch

• Breslow Foundation

• Dayco

• Art Fisher Memorial Fund

• Gates Corporation

• Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Fund

• Michael Busch Memorial Fund

• Mitchell 1

• Multi Parts

• National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

• George Segal Memorial

• Standard Motor Products

• Stant Corporation

• University of the Aftermarket Foundation Scholarship Fund (UAF)

• Women’s Board of the Auto Care Association

Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions provided by individuals, companies and foundations. Contributions can be made to the UAF Scholarship Fund, University of the Aftermarket Foundation, c/o Julie Brehm, Auto Care Association, 7101 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814, 240-333-1046. Please designate any contribution to be restricted for scholarships. UAF is a 501c (3) organization.

2016 Recipients Announced of Annual Scholarships Honoring the Late Jeremy Denton, AASA OAC Executive Director


 The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), and the AASA Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) announced the 2016 recipients of its scholarships in memory of the late Jeremy Denton, AASA vice president and OAC executive director:

• Joshua Canuto of Waterflow, N.M., who is attending the automotive program at San Juan College, Farmington, N.M.

• Shekinah Davies of Arco, Idaho, who is participating in the AAS-automotive program at the College of Southern Idaho

The OAC Board of Directors initiated the memorial fund through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in November 2014. Each year, $1,000 annual scholarships are presented to one male and one female student pursuing careers in the automotive aftermarket industry.

“AASA and OAC are committed to supporting outstanding students such as Joshua and Shekinah as they pursue their education and their aftermarket careers,” said Bill Long, AASA president and chief operating officer. “Our scholarships are not only an important investment in our great industry, but an enduring tribute to Jeremy’s passion for the aftermarket and its future.”

Denton was a member of the AASA team from 2005 through 2011. In addition to his positions at AASA and OAC, he also served as staff executive for the Filter Manufacturers Council (FMC), the Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) and the AASA China Aftermarket Forum (CAF). He died in 2013 at age 36 after a valiant, two-year battle with cancer.

Ten Students Receive Scholarships Supported by Gates


 Thanks to the generous support of Gates Corporation, ten students pursuing automotive aftermarket careers will receive scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year.

“Gates is proud to invest in our industry’s future and support these worthy recipients of the automotive scholarships this year,” said Jack Ramsey, Gates. “It is an honor and privilege for us to support Automotive Scholarship Central again this year.”

These students will receive a $1,000 scholarship to advance their education, either at two-year vocational / technical colleges or four-year colleges and universities. This year’s recipients of Gates-sponsored scholarships are:

• Sabrina Alatto of Shelby Township, Mich.

• Trevor Beckman of Harrison, Ohio

• Brandon Byrd of Jane Lew, W. Va.

• Charles Becker III of Lima, Ohio

• John Coddington of Laurel, Del.

• Paul Danenberg of Nampa, Idaho

• Austin Hiebert of Newton, Kan.

• Vladimir Logan of Thorntown, Ind.

• Josiah Ragsdale of Hampton, Iowa

• Tara Rodgers of Belleville, Ill.

Automotive Scholarship Central collaborates with these state associations and other automotive groups to award scholarships:

• Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS)

• Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Carolinas and Tennessee (AAACT)

• Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS)

• Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois (APSA of Illinois)

• Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota Inc.

• Automotive Service Council Education Fund (California) (ASCEF)

• California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA)

• Car Care Council Women’s Board (WB)

• Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Inc. (GAAS)

• Kentucky/Indiana Automotive Wholesalers Association

• Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA)

• Midwest Automotive Parts and Service Association (MAPSA)

• North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Education Foundation

• New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association (NYSAAA)

• Wisconsin Automotive Part Association (WAPA)

• Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

• Auto Care Association Telematics Challenge

• Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association/Overseas Automotive Council

• Bosch

• Breslow Foundation

• Dayco

• Art Fisher Memorial Fund

• Larry McCurdy Memorial Fund

• Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Fund

• Michael Busch Memorial Fund

• Mitchell 1

• Multi Parts

• National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

• George Segal Memorial

• Standard Motor Products

• Stant Corporation

• University of the Aftermarket Foundation Scholarship Fund (UAF)

• Women’s Board of the Auto Care Association

Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions provided by individuals, companies and foundations. Contributions can be made to the UAF Scholarship Fund, University of the Aftermarket Foundation, c/o Julie Brehm, Auto Care Association, 7101 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814, 240-333-1046. Please designate any contribution to be restricted for scholarships. UAF is a 501c (3) organization.

AASP-MN Awards $14,000 in Scholarships to Automotive Students

 

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) awarded $14,000 in scholarships to help post-secondary automotive students pay for tuition during the 2016-17 school year.  The scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 per student and were made possible by a successful fundraising drive within the AASP-MN membership, as well as a generous donation from the Minnesota State I-CAR Committee.  All recipients will be entering the second year of a NATEF-certified automotive program based in Minnesota.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

• Dylan Ahrndt, Ridgewater College, Willmar – Auto Body Collision Repair

• Trevor Dosch, Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount – Auto Body Collision Repair

• Jamie Garciano Acosta, Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park – Auto Body Collision Repair

• Rachel Meisch, MN State College Southeast Technical, Winona – Automotive Service Technology

• Kevin Miller, Century College, White Bear Lake – Automotive Service Technology

• Juan Mireles, MN State Community & Technical College, Detroit Lakes – Automotive Service Technology

• Ryan Moe, Century College, White Bear Lake – Automotive Service Technology

• Kevin Nguyen, Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie – Auto Body Collision Repair

• Codey Owen, Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount – Auto Body Collision Repair

• Cory Reller, Century College, White Bear Lake – Automotive Service Technology

• Ben Scherger, Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount – Auto Body Collision Repair

• Bryant Swiers, MN State Community & Technical College, Moorhead – Automotive Service Technology

• Beverly White, Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis – Automotive Service Technology

• Bradley Williams, Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis – Automotive Service Technology

Thirty students from 12 schools were eligible for the scholarships. Applications were reviewed by a committee of industry representatives, with consideration given to scholastic achievement, education and career goals, financial need and written recommendations.

 

The scholarship awards are the centerpiece of AASP-MN’s Automotive Education Fund, which was established to provide financial resources to support automotive students, enhance automotive programs and raise awareness of career opportunities in the independent automotive service industry.

Multi Parts® Aftermarket Scholarship Recipients Announced


 Six students have been selected as recipients of the 2016 Multi Parts® Aftermarket Scholarship awards.

Two students received $1,500 awards:

• Benjamin Chad of Auburn, MI

• Elizabeth Niemi of Howell, MI

Both Benjamin and Elizabeth were 2015 participants in Multi Parts’ annual SPARK Initiative. In this, its third year, SPARK2016 is a three-day industry immersion delivering a front row seat to experience the business of the automotive aftermarket. Selected participants from across the U.S. receive an all expense-covered trip to attend the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (“AAPEX”) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Four students received $500 awards:

• Rachel Berbert of Marianna, FL

• Ellen Donabedian of Troy, MI

• Katherine Dooley of Linwood, MI

• Malorie Dyda of Romulus, MI

Multi Parts® President Brian Cohn commented, “Education and experience are the keys to success in our industry. With these scholarships and the SPARK Initiative, we are doing our small part to see more students benefit from both.” Cohn continued, “Our industry’s success depends on how well we keep the pipeline of talent full and flowing.”

Automotive Scholarship Central collaborates with these state associations and other automotive groups to award scholarships:

• Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS)

• Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Carolinas and Tennessee (AAACT)

• Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS)

• Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois (APSA of Illinois)

• Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota Inc.

• Automotive Service Council Education Fund (California) (ASCEF)

• California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA)

• Car Care Council Women’s Board (WB)

• Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Inc. (GAAS)

• Kentucky/Indiana Automotive Wholesalers Association Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA)

• Midwest Automotive Parts and Service Association (MAPSA)

• North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Education Foundation

• New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association (NYSAAA)

• Wisconsin Automotive Part Association (WAPA)

• Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

• Auto Care Association Telematics Challenge

• Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association/Overseas Automotive Council

• Bosch

• Breslow Foundation

• Dayco

• Art Fisher Memorial Fund

• Gates Corporation

• Larry McCurdy Memorial Fund

• Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Fund

• Michael Busch Memorial Fund

• Mitchell 1

• National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

• George Segal Memorial

• Standard Motor Products

• Stant Corporation

• University of the Aftermarket Foundation Scholarship Fund (UAF)

• Women’s Board of the Auto Care Association

 

Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions provided by individuals, companies and foundations. Contributions can be made to the UAF Scholarship Fund, University of the Aftermarket Foundation, c/o Julie Brehm, Auto Care Association, 7101 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814, 240-333-1046. Please designate any contribution to be restricted for scholarships. UAF is a 501c (3) organization.

 

Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois Announces 2016-2017 Scholarship Winners


The Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois (APSA of Illinois) has awarded two scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. Adam Wolfe of Carbondale, Ill. received a $500 Scholarship and Declan Wold of Elsah, Ill. received a $250 Scholarship.

“We’re pleased to assist these two outstanding students from Illinois as they pursue their education,” said Marsha Fogleman, APSA of Illinois executive vice president. “Our annual scholarships are an investment in the future of the automotive aftermarket.”

“The recipients selected by APSA of Illinois are representative of the candidates who applied through our online application site this year,” said Pete Kornafel, chairman of the GAAS Scholarship Selection Committee. “Through the support of APSA and other regional associations, and the support of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, we are able to assist these students in their pursuit of automotive aftermarket careers.”

Automotive Scholarship Central collaborates with these state associations and other automotive groups to award scholarships:

• Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS)

• Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Carolinas and Tennessee (AAACT)

• Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS)

• Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota Inc.

• Automotive Service Council Education Fund (California) (ASCEF)

• California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA)

• Car Care Council Women’s Board (WB)

• Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Inc. (GAAS)

• Kentucky/Indiana Automotive Wholesalers Association Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA)

• Midwest Automotive Parts and Service Association (MAPSA)

• North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Education Foundation

• New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association (NYSAAA)

• Wisconsin Automotive Part Association (WAPA)

• Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

• Auto Care Association Telematics Challenge

• Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association/Overseas Automotive Council

• Bosch

• Breslow Foundation

• Dayco

• Art Fisher Memorial Fund

• Gates Corporation

• Larry McCurdy Memorial Fund

• Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Fund

• Michael Busch Memorial Fund

• Mitchell 1

• Multi Parts

• National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

• George Segal Memorial

• Standard Motor Products

• Stant Corporation

• University of the Aftermarket Foundation Scholarship Fund (UAF)

• Women’s Board of the Auto Care Association

 

Five Idaho Students Receive Albano Scholarships

Through the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Scholarship


Five students from Idaho planning careers in automotive or heavy duty aftermarket industry received scholarships through the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) Scholarship Committee, thanks to the generous support of John and Kathy Albano, former owners of Muffler Warehouse, the CARQUEST member company in Idaho.

The award winners, listed below, each will receive a $1,000 scholarship award:

• Paul Danenberg of Nampa, attending College of Southern Idaho in the automotive technology program

• Shekinah Davies of Arco, attending College of Southern Idaho in the AAS – automotive program

• Bailey Jennings of Boise, attending UTI in Sacramento, Calif., in the collision repair program

• Dax Peterson of Rigby, attending Brigham Young University of Idaho in the automotive advanced vehicle systems program

• Zachary Webster of Rexburg, attending Brigham Young University of Idaho in the automotive engineering technology program

“We are pleased to assist these deserving students as they pursue their education and careers in the aftermarket,” said John Albano. “We are pleased to support the aftermarket’s future in Idaho through these awards.”

Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions provided by individuals, companies and foundations. Contributions can be made to Julie Brehm, Auto Care Association, 7101 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814, 240-333-1046.

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Establishes Scholarships in Memory of Jim Moss


The University of the Aftermarket Foundation will award two scholarships each year in memory of Jim Moss, founder and long-time publisher of Truck Parts and Service magazine, it was announced by Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

Moss, who passed away in April 2016, started Truck Parts and Service magazine in July 1966 and remained at the magazine for 41 years. To recognize the significant contribution that truck dealers made to the heavy duty aftermarket, he launched Successful Dealer magazine in 1978. An industry icon, Moss started the Council of Fleet Specialists (CFS), which later became the Commercial Vehicle Service Network (CVSN), and was instrumental in the development of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW). In 2015, Moss received the President’s Award from CVSN.

“A group of aftermarket veterans and friends came together to honor Jim’s legacy and because of their generosity, two deserving students will be awarded scholarships each year from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in his memory,” said Lee. “This is a fitting tribute to a man who did so much to support and advance the heavy duty aftermarket.”

“Jim’s passion for the industry was well known and his willingness to share his knowledge and expertise with others was truly remarkable,” said Stu MacKay, president of MacKay & Company. “Since his early years of field sales work, Jim was an evangelist for the vital role of independent parts distributors and service providers as well as the dealer network. Above all, he was an enthusiastic mentor to many young people and industry newcomers.”

Each year, two deserving students who will be enrolling full time at a four-year college, will be awarded scholarships from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in memory of Jim Moss. To make a donation, visit www.UofAFoundation.com or call Barbara Cunningham at (816) 584-0511. The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

 

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Introduces New Website


The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has launched a new website at www.UofAFoundation.com. The new site features the foundation’s mission, latest news and donor information, and makes it easy for visitors to apply online for one of the hundreds of scholarships awarded each year by the foundation.

“We recently introduced a new contemporary brand identity for the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. The next logical step was to develop an easy-to-navigate website to serve as the go-to place to learn about the foundation and its scholarship opportunities,” said Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “The site also makes it easy to contribute to the foundation and allows us to recognize the generous donors who support the foundation’s mission to educate the next generation of auto care industry professionals.”

For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, call (816) 584-0511 or visit www.UofAFoundation.com. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Automotive Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Apply at www.automotivescholarships.com/UAF by March 31


Applications for automotive scholarships funded by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation are being accepted through March 31, 2016. The foundation will award over 200 scholarships this year to deserving students pursuing careers in the auto care industry.

“With the scholarship application deadline on the horizon, we encourage all interested candidates to log on and apply right away,” said Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “The auto care industry has many fine career opportunities, so please spread the word about the March 31 application deadline to anyone that wants a future in the automotive aftermarket and seeks scholarship assistance.”

Applicants can apply online at www.automotivescholarships.com/UAF and must be pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket by attending a full-time program at an accredited college, university, or ASE/NATEF certified post-secondary automotive, collision or heavy-duty technician training program.

To learn about available automotive scholarships, including those funded by the University if the Aftermarket Foundation, visit www.automotivescholarships.com.

N.A. Williams Establishes Memorial Fund To Honor Neal L. Williams


N.A. Williams Company, in conjunction with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, has established the Neal L. Williams Memorial Fund to honor its former chairman who passed away one year ago at the age of 78. Donations made in Williams’ memory will be used to help educate the next generation of auto care industry professionals.

“It is hard to believe a year has passed since we lost our esteemed leader, Neal Williams,” said Roger McCollum, AAP, president and CEO of N.A. Williams. “Our company is proud to establish this memorial fund to honor Neal and his many contributions to the aftermarket. While we lost a great mentor and friend, Neal’s dedication to our industry will live on.”

Neal L. Williams joined N.A. Williams Company in 1959, the firm founded by his father in 1934, after attending the University of Georgia and serving in the United States Army. During a long, successful career that spanned over 50 years, he led the company to become one of the top manufacturers’ representative firms in North America. Widely respected for his integrity, fairness and achievement, Mr. Williams was a renowned figure in the automotive aftermarket. He was presented with the Martin Fromm Lifetime Achievement award in 2009 and the Northwood University Outstanding Business Leader award in 2012. Active in both industry and civic causes, Mr. Williams served on the board of governors and manufacturers’ council of AWDA.

“Neal was not only an industry leader, but a true gentleman who dedicated his distinguished career to our industry,” said Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees. “We know how much he meant to his colleagues and commend N.A. Williams for their incredible generosity in establishing this memorial fund. It is a great testament to Neal’s legacy.”

With this donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, N.A. Williams Company will become a lifetime trustee of the foundation.

To make a donation in memory of Neal L. Williams, send a check, made payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation/Neal L. Williams Memorial, 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814. For more information, contact Barbara Cunningham at (816) 584-0511 or cunningham8095@yahoo.com.

AWDA “Challenge” Raises Over $58,000 for University of the Aftermarket Foundation


Distributors and suppliers participating in the recent Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Business and Education Conference accepted the AWDA “Challenge” and together made a donation of more than $58,000 to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. The funds will be used to support the foundation’s mission of providing educational scholarships to worthy students interested in pursuing careers in the auto care industry.

“We are very grateful to the distributors and suppliers that participated in the AWDA ‘Challenge.’ Their active participation resulted in a generous donation to the foundation of over 20 percent more than last year,” said Tim Lee, MAAP, chairman, University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Auto Plus, Automotive Distribution Network, Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association led the AWDA “Challenge,” each making donations for every one-on-one meeting held between their member distributors and vendor partners during the conference.

Many vendor companies also participated in the AWDA “Challenge,” including: ADVICS North America, Affinia Group Inc. – WIX Filters, Akebono Brake Corporation, AP Exhaust Technologies, ATP Automotive, Autolite, BCA Bearings by NTN Bearing Corp. of America, Blue Streak Electronics, Robert Bosch, Brake Parts Inc, CARDONE Industries, Centric Parts, Continental Contitech, Crowne Group, CRP Automotive, Dayco Products, Delphi Corporation, DENSO Products & Services, Dorman Products, DMS Systems Corporation, Dupli-Color/VHT/Krylon, East Penn Manufacturing Company, Epicor Software, Exide Technologies, Federal-Mogul Motorparts, FRAM Filtration, Fuse5/Green Team Technologies, Gates Corporation, GB Remanufacturing, GCommerce, Global Parts Distributors, Hastings Filters, IAP/Dura International, Innova Electronics, Interstate Batteries, Johnson Controls, KYB Americas Corporation, MAHLE Aftermarket, MAS Industries, Mevotech Inc., MotoRad, NGK Spark Plugs, OptiCat, PEX USA, Philips Automotive Lighting, Powerstop, Prestone Products, REACH International, Recochem Inc., Remy/USA Industries, Schrader International, SKF USA, Spectra Premium Industries, Standard Motor Products, Sunsong North America, Tenneco Inc., The Penray Cos., The Timken Company, TRW Automotive Aftermarket, Undercar Express, Universal Air Conditioner, Uquality Automotive Products, Valeo Service, Valvoline, Warren Distribution, Winhere Brake Parts and ZF Services.

“The success of the annual AWDA ‘Challenge’ fundraising campaign demonstrates the commitment of industry leaders to supporting education and building a solid future for the aftermarket,” said John R. Washbish, MAAP, vice chairman and contributions committee chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “We thank all of the donors and encourage even greater participation next year.”

To learn more about scholarships funded by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, visit http://www.automotivescholarships.com.

 

 

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Grants $10,000 to

Car Care Council Women’s Board Scholarship Program


The Car Care Council Women’s Board (WB) has received a $10,000 grant from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to use towards its scholarship program. With the help of this grant, the WB will give out a record amount of scholarships in 2016 to deserving high school and college female students looking to enter the auto care industry.

“Each year we strive to help more and more students achieve their career goals and enjoy seeing the diverse paths they chose to take,” said Amy Mattinat, president, Car Care Council Women’s Board. “We are honored to receive this support and recognition from an established industry foundation.”

The WB scholarship program began in 2006 and in 2015 gave out $28,000 to eight post-secondary and high school students studying to enter the auto care industry. Each year, the Becky Babcox Women’s Board scholarship winner is awarded a trip to the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nev.

Funds for the scholarship program are raised through donations, WB sponsorships and through an annual fundraising event. This year the WB will hold a 5k/Fun Run, Scholarship Strides, during the 2016 Winter Leadership Conference. All donations from the recently published “A Women’s Perspective on Leadership,” an essay anthology by female leaders in the industry, will also go towards 2016 WB scholarships. For more information visit www.wbcarcare.com or email womensboard@carcare.org.

For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation or to make a donation to support these types of grants and other worthy educational endeavors, contact Barbara Cunningham at cunningham8095@yahoo.com.

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Announces Officers, Trustees
for 2016


The University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees has elected its officers for fiscal year 2016. An official confirmation vote was held during the recent University of the Aftermarket Foundation annual board of trustees meeting. The new slate of officers are:

• Chairman – Tim Lee, MAAP, president, Lang Distributing

• Vice Chairman – John R. Washbish, MAAP president and CEO, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance

• Vice Chairman – Kathleen Schmatz, MAAP, president and CEO, Auto Care Association

• Secretary – Larry Pavey, president, Federated Auto Parts

• Treasurer – Bill Maggs, MAAP, CEO, National Pronto Association

The following individuals will serve on the University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees in the coming year:

• Bill Babcox, Babcox Media Inc.

• Bobby Bloom, Bosch – Aftermarket Division

• Jim Buzzard, AAP, The Clay Buzzard Family

• Michael Cardone III, Cardone Industries

• Jeff Darby, Dorman Products, Inc.

• Bob Egan, MAAP, Federal-Mogul Motorparts

• Cliff Hovis, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply

• Bill Long, AAP, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association

• Dave McColley, Wix Global Filtration/Affinia Group, Inc.

• David O’Reilly, The O’Reilly and Wooten Families

• Joe Pomaranski, MAAP, Tenneco Automotive

• Robert Raff, MAAP, The Bob and Margie Raff Family

• Ed Rammel, MAAP, Dayco Products LLC

• Jack Ramsey, AAP, Gates Corporation

• Robert Sanford, ACDelco

• Mort Schwartz, MAAP, Schwartz Advisors

• David Segal, MAAP, Automotive Supply Associates, Inc.

• Eric Sills, AAP, Standard Motor Products Inc.

• Scott Thompson, Epicor Software Corporation

 

As previously announced, the reigning “Jack Creamer Leader of the Year” award recipient, Larry Sills of Standard Motor Products, has been appointed to serve a one-year term, filling the lifetime trustee seat in Creamer’s name.

Rusty Bishop, AAP, will continue as chairman’s advisor and several more will serve as members of the board of trustees in a variety of support roles: Barbara Cunningham; George Keeley; Ken Marker; Susan Medick, CPA, MAAP; Larry Northup, AAP; Margo Shepard and Jennifer Tio.

For information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, email Barbara Cunningham at cunningham8095@yahoo.com. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. To learn more about scholarships funded by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, and to apply online, visit http://www.automotivescholarships.com.

 

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Appoints Larry Sills to Board of Trustees

 

The “Jack Creamer Leader of the Year” award recipient, Larry Sills, has been appointed to serve a one-year term on the University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees, filling the lifetime trustee seat established in Creamer’s name.

Last month the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Automotive Distribution Network, Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association came together to contribute $100,000 to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in honor of Creamer, the former vice chairman of the foundation who passed away March 25 at the age of 84. Because the combined donation reached the Lifetime Trustee contribution level, it was decided that the reigning “Jack Creamer Leader of the Year” award recipient would be named to fill the seat established in Creamer’s memory.

Sills is the longtime chairman and CEO of Standard Motor Products (SMP). Effective March 31, 2016, he will assume a new role with SMP as executive chairman of the board of directors. He was presented the prestigious “Jack Creamer Leader of the Year” award by the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) on Nov. 1 in Las Vegas.

“The University of the Aftermarket Foundation congratulates Larry on his well-deserved award and welcomes him to our board of trustees,” said Tim Lee, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Larry’s knowledge, passion and commitment to the auto care industry are well known and I’m sure Jack would be pleased to know that Larry will be part of an organization that meant so much to him.”

For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, email Barbara Cunningham at cunningham8095@yahoo.com. To make a donation, send a check, made payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, to 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

 

Four Major Program Groups Donate $100,000 to University of the Aftermarket Foundation in Memory of Jack Creamer


Four major program groups have come together to donate $100,000 to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in memory of Jack Creamer.

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Automotive Distribution Network, Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association each contributed $25,000 to honor the industry icon and former vice chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation who passed away March 25 at the age of 84.

Because the combined donation has reached the Lifetime Trustee contribution level, a new trustee will be appointed to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation board. That individual will be the reigning “Jack Creamer Leader of the Year” award recipient. The newly named award will be presented at the 2015 Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) awards ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 1 in Las Vegas, Nev.

“It is a testament to Jack’s reputation and legacy that these four competitors have come together to honor him,” said David Segal, vice chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation Contribution Committee. “We want to thank them for their generosity and continued commitment to the betterment of the auto care industry. They know what a difference Jack made throughout his career and are committed to continuing his great work.”

To make a donation in memory of Jack Creamer, send a check, made payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation/Creamer Memorial, 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814. For more information, call (816) 584-0511 or email Barbara Cunningham at cunningham8095@yahoo.com. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

 

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Establishes Memorial Fund to Honor Industry Leader Jack Creamer

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees has established the John “Jack” F. Creamer Memorial Fund in honor of its vice chairman who passed away March 25 at the age of 84. The foundation plans to allocate donations made in his memory to help educate the next generation of auto care industry professionals.

“Jack was perhaps the strongest industry advocate the aftermarket has ever known. He was a champion of continuing education, serving on the University of the Aftermarket Foundation board since its inception,” said John Washbish, treasurer of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Throughout his legendary career, Jack provided sound advice, guidance and wisdom to countless suppliers and distributors and was a mentor and friend to many, including me.

“It is a testament to the profound impact that Jack had on our industry that so many want to pay tribute to him through a donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. We are honored to accept these donations in his memory and will ensure that they are used toward aftermarket scholarships, just as he would want them to be.”

An active member of the industry throughout his life, Creamer began his aftermarket career in 1963. After working at American Parts System in a variety of positions, including president, Creamer joined Martin Fromm and Associates in 1969 as executive vice president, managing several trade associations, including the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), an organization he held dear and went on to serve as its president. Creamer was one of the founders of the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) and was instrumental in raising funds for scholarships and educational programs. He earned numerous awards throughout his career, including the Martin Fromm Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

To make a donation in memory of Jack Creamer, send a check, made payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation/Creamer Memorial, 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814. For more information, call (816) 584-0511.

 

Two Students Awarded Scholarships In Memory of George Segal


Two students have been selected as recipients of scholarships awarded in honor of George Segal, chairman of ASA/Sanel, who passed away in August 2014.

Recipients of the $1,000 scholarship awards from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation are:

• Nicholas Conti of Falconer, N.Y., attending Alfred State in the automotive service technician program

• Michael deMontigny of Frenchville, Maine, attending Northern Maine Technical College in the diesel hydraulics program

“Our dad spent his career in the automotive aftermarket; he grew up in the business. He really enjoyed being with customers, suppliers and team members,” said Bobby Segal, COO and treasurer of ASA/Sanel Auto Parts. “These scholarships are a fitting tribute to his memory and an investment in the future of the industry.”

Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions provided by individuals, companies and foundations. Contributions can be made payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, c/o Susan Medick at the Auto Care Association, and sent to 7101 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1300, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.

Automotive Aftermarket Riders’ Club Heads to Death Valley To Support University of the Aftermarket Foundation


What better way to start Industry Week than a motorcycle ride to Death Valley? The annual Automotive Aftermarket Riders’ Club (AARC) “Ride for the Future” will journey to the famous national park to raise funds for the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. AARC seeks sponsors and pledges for its ride and plans to donate all proceeds to the foundation.

“We invite all industry professionals to join us for an exciting ride for a phenomenal cause. We’ll be cruising through some of the most legendary land in the country, supporting industry education at the same time,” said Bill Maggs, lifetime trustee of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and leader of the pack. “This year we hope to set a fundraising record for the ride, so if you can’t join us, please consider supporting a rider or making a donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.”

The 2015 AARC “Ride for the Future” will start from the Las Vegas Harley-Davidson dealership on Thursday, Oct. 29 and head to Furnace Creek Resort at Death Valley National Park in California. Riders will have two full days to explore the park before returning to Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct 31 with a scheduled arrival time of 6:30 p.m. PT.

“What could be better than two days in Death Valley followed by Halloween night in Las Vegas?” said Mike Mohler, vice president of National Pronto Association. “The ‘Ride for the Future’ is a great time and worthy cause. We are always looking for new riders or sponsors, so please contact me to get involved.”

Motorcycles can be rented from the Las Vegas Harley-Davidson dealership with an advance reservation. For more information or to learn how to become a rider or sponsor, contact Mohler at mikem@pronto-net.com or visit the AARC Facebook page. To make a donation directly to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, call (816) 584-0511.

 

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Announces 2015 Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Recipients


The University of the Aftermarket Foundation today announced the recipients of the Art Fisher Memorial Scholarships.

Three students received $2,500 awards:

  •  Salman Mirza of Holly, Mich.: attending Southern Illinois University in automotive technology, College of Applied Sciences and Arts
  •  Charles Schifone of Avon, Mass.: attending Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in the automotive technology program
  •  Perla Veloz of Bakersfield, Calif.: attending Ferris State University in the automotive engineering technology program

Ten students were awarded $1,000 scholarships:

  •  Casey Alvarez of Purcellville, Va.: attending Wake Technical College in the diesel heavy equipment and transport technology program
  •  Jordon Esselman of Chili, Wis.: attending Mid-State Technical College in the automotive technician program
  •  Stephanie Garcia of Schuyler, Neb.: attending Southeast Community College in the GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP)
  •  Cynthia Jones of Tyler, Texas: attending Tyler Junior College in the automotive technology program
  •  Conner Kavanagh of Richwood, Ohio: attending the University of Northwestern Ohio in the automotive, diesel technology, agricultural/heavy machinery technology program
  •  Richard Saeparn of Oakland, Calif.: attending the College of Alameda in the automotive program
  •  Allison Sattgast of Portland, Ore.: attending Mt. Hood Community College in the automotive technology program
  •  Kianna Silva of Santa Barbara, Calif.: attending Santa Barbara City College in the automotive service and technology program
  •  Ryan Watz of Shelton, Wash.: attending Universal Technical Institute in the diesel technology program
  • Jonathan Weronski of East Concord, N.Y.: attending Alfred State College in the heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician program

Three Students Awarded Scholarships From the Larry W. McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund


Three students have been selected as recipients of scholarships from the Larry W. McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Affinia Group Inc. within the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

Established to honor McCurdy, the late chairman of the board of Affinia Group Inc., who passed away in August 2010, the scholarship fund awards three $2,500 scholarships per year to students in four-year programs preparing for aftermarket careers in engineering, business, accounting or other professional positions. The recipients for the 2015-2016 academic year are:

• Rachel Berbert of Marianna, Fla.: attending Chipola College in Marianna and pursuing a degree in business administration

• Emily Blackman of Woodstock Ill.: attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. pursing a degree in computer engineering

• Tyler Washington of New Albany, Ohio: attending Capital University in Bexley, Ohio pursuing a double major in marketing and leadership & management

Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions provided by individuals, companies and foundations. Contributions can be made to the Scholarship Fund, c/o Susan Medick at the Auto Care Association, at susan.medick@autocare.org or

301-654-6664.

About Affinia Group Inc.

Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket parts for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $1.4 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.affiniagroup.com.

 

University of the Aftermarket Foundation to Increase Scholarship Funding by $100,000


Bethesda, Md. – Dec. 15, 2014 – The University of the Aftermarket Foundation will award an additional $100,000 in scholarships in 2015, according to Tim Lee, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. The increase will bring the total amount of scholarships awarded to $230,000.

“I am pleased to announce that the University of the Aftermarket Foundation will fund an extra 100 scholarships in the coming year,” said Lee. “The auto care industry has really embraced the need to raise more funds to educate and train the next generation of leaders. On behalf of the foundation’s board of trustees, I want to thank the hundreds of individuals and industry organizations for their generosity.

“I encourage those considering year end donations to think of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. Your contribution will change lives, helping hundreds of deserving students each year who are faced with the rising cost of ‘affordable’ education. They cannot bear those costs unaided, so please join us today."

To make a donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, call (816) 584-0511 or email Barbara Cunningham at cunningham8095@yahoo.com. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

To learn more about scholarships funded by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, and to apply online by March 31, 2015, visit http://www.automotivescholarships.com.

 

 

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Contributes $15,000 to University of the Aftermarket Foundation


Bethesda, Md. – Feb. 5, 2015 – Wrapping up its annual Winter Shareholder Meeting, the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance left with more than just the satisfaction of hosting another successful conference. Alliance shareholders and supplier channel partners helped raise more than $15,000 for the University of the Aftermarket Foundation by participating in recreational events during the meeting at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Miami, Fla.

The recent donation follows a $100,000 donation made to the foundation in 2013 in memory of Walter Spence Jr., beloved Alliance board director. An additional $55,000 was raised during a golf tournament held in honor of Spence during the group’s Winter Shareholder Meeting the same year.

“We felt as though we had established a meaningful precedent with the golf tournament and we wanted to keep that momentum going,” said Tim Lee, Alliance shareholder and chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “We were proud to see so many of the 400 attendees contribute to such a worthy industry organization as the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.”

Alliance shareholders and supplier channel partners were invited to participate in their choice of deep-sea fishing, poker, tennis or a golf tournament. Upon registering, attendees had the option of donating to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. The result was a significant contribution to the foundation to help strengthen the future of the auto care industry through scholarships, grants and educational opportunities.

To learn about available automotive scholarships, and to apply online by March 31, 2015, visit http://www.automotivescholarships.com. To make a donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, call (816) 584-0511 or email Barbara Cunningham at cunningham8095@yahoo.com. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

About Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper

Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper is part of Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, one of the largest auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in the world. As the source for quality parts and service for over 2,200 parts stores and some 3,100 certified service centers throughout North America, the Alliance prides itself on responding to the individual needs of each customer and providing unequalled products and service.

 

 

 

Two Students Awarded Scholarships From The Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund


Two students have been selected as recipients of scholarships from the Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Fund, established within the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

Recipients for the $1,000 scholarship awards are:

• Adam Bancroft of East Falmouth, Mass., attending the University Of Northwestern Ohio, Lima and pursuing an associate degree in applied science of automotive/diesel technology

• Mohamed Diaby of Galloway, Ohio, attending the University of Northwestern Ohio in the automotive/diesel technology program.

The Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Fund was established within the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to award scholarships in honor of Marilyn Schwartz, wife of aftermarket veteran Mort Schwartz, partner, Schwartz Advisors.

“We are pleased to help deserving young women and men obtain scholarship finds to help further their education,” Schwartz said. “Over the years, 2,500 have benefitted from this program. It assures the quality of people entering the automotive aftermarket.”

Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions provided by individuals, companies and foundations. Contributions can be made to the Scholarship Fund, c/o Susan Medick at the Auto Care Association, at susan.medick@autocare.org or

301-654-6664.