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U. Aftermarket Foundation Adds New Way To Reach Scholarship Prospects

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has added a text message-based student prospect database to encourage more applications and help the foundation keep tabs on potential recipients.

Teachers and others who visit automotive schools can now tell students to text their name and email address to (720) 903-2206. The student will get a text reply and email with the scholarship website. The message also will urge them to apply before the March 31, 2019 deadline. Also, administrators can reach out and remind everyone in the database with one click, as they do for students with incomplete applications.

In 2019, Pete Kornafel and Danielle Sonnefeld will administer the overall scholarship program.

At AAPEX last week, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation provided the following details on 2018 scholarships …
• Completed scholarship applications totaled 635. Nearly half of those (302) led to scholarship awards totaling $450,100 across all donor associations.
• Five students received three awards from their one application, and 49 students received two awards. Fourteen scholarships were awarded to veterans. Three percent of University of the Aftermarket Foundation awards went to “special case” recipients with lower high school GPAs but compelling stories about their experience after high school.
• The largest award — a $10,000 Women in Auto Care scholarship — went to Christina Schneider, attending College of the Desert in California and majoring in Automotive Technology. She also received another $1,000 scholarship from CAWA.
• 65 percent of the scholarships went to students training to become technicians, including 145 awards to mechanical technician students, 11 to collision repair students, and 33 to diesel and heavy duty technician students.
• 16 percent went to students majoring in a four-year business, accounting, marketing or communications program.
• 11 percent went to four-year engineering students.
• 8 percent went to students who are undecided about a major or are planning a career outside the aftermarket. (Regional wholesaler associations view their scholarships as a member service, so they are open to giving an award to a son or daughter of an industry family, even if their planned major is non-automotive like education or nursing).
• Scholarships went to students attending more than 130 colleges, universities, community colleges and post-secondary vocational training schools. The most popular schools for scholarship recipients included: Universal Technical Institute (14), University of Northwestern Ohio (13), Auburn University (8), Lincoln College of Technology (6) and Northwood University (5).

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