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GAAS Fund Organizers Announce $50,000 GAAS Scholarship Challenge

An anonymous donor has issued a $50,000 fund raising challenge for the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarship program, awarded to students planning aftermarket careers. The “$50,000 GAAS Scholarship Challenge” was initiated after the donor committed to donate up to $10,000 to the Global Scholarship fund in 2004 and will match 25 percent of all other donations to the fund up to a matching amount of $10,000. The challenge campaign aims to net the fund a total of $50,000 in donations. Delphi Corp. has made the first challenge donation of $3,000.

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — An anonymous donor has issued a $50,000 fund raising challenge for the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarship program, awarded to students planning aftermarket careers.

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The “$50,000 GAAS Scholarship Challenge” was initiated after the donor committed to donate up to $10,000 to the Global Scholarship fund in 2004 and will match 25 percent of all other donations to the fund up to a matching amount of $10,000. The challenge campaign aims to net the fund a total of $50,000 in donations. Delphi Corp. has made the first challenge donation of $3,000.

“We are excited at the opportunity this challenge presents the GAAS scholarship fund and appreciate Delphi’s donation as the first step in meeting the challenge,” said Pete Kornafel, GAAS scholarship committee chairman. “This campaign will fund an additional 50 scholarships, and we have an abundance of qualified applicants for these awards.”

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GAAS scholarships are funded through donations and the net proceeds from the annual Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) program – set this year for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18-19, at the Hyatt Regency, Chicago, Ill. For the past eight years, this two-day program has addressed issues and trends affecting the automotive aftermarket industry and influencing its future. GAAS program registration information is at www.globalsymposium.org.

Donations should be made payable to the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Scholarship Fund, and directed to Susan Medick, AAIA, 4600 East-West Highway, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814, 301-654-6664 or [email protected]

GAAS scholarships are awarded to qualified undergraduate and vocational technical students preparing for careers in the automotive aftermarket. In the seven years the scholarship has been presented, nearly 700 students have received aid totaling nearly $800,000.

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Scholarship program details are online at: www.automotivescholarships.org .

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