Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Scholarship Gears Up for $50,000 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 automotive aftermarket careers, according to the the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), which is based in Bethesda, Md.

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 to 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."

GAAS scholarships are funded through donations and the net proceeds from the annual Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) program, slated this year for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18-19, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

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