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NATEF presents 3 scholarships

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LEESBURG, Va. (June 12, 2014) — The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), in collaboration with the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) Scholarship Fund, has presented three scholarships.

Collin Huber of Waterford, Va., has received the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 2014 scholarship. The two $1,000 Michael Busch Memorial Fund scholarship winners are Lucas Wald of Napeoleon, N.D., and Matthew Bisbee of Orr, Minn., the NATEF said.

The Busch scholarship fund was created in memory of Michael Busch , the son of former collision shop owner and ASE board member Jim Busch, who operated a business in Issaquah, Wash., until his retirement. Michael was an automotive technology student who lost his battle with cancer. Each recipient of the Michael Busch scholarship receives $1,000 to be used toward their automotive education.

“We are honored to support the future of the automotive service industry through the generous scholarship program established to honor the memory of Michael,” said Trish Serratore, NATEF president. “We congratulate this year’s winners and wish them the all the best in their careers.”

“The partnership with the Michael Busch Memorial Fund has enabled the GAAS scholarships to help even more students pursue their dream of starting a successful career in the automotive industry,” said Pete Kornafel, chairman of the GAAS Scholarship Selection Committee.

The annual two-day GAAS brings together industry leaders and experts to examine issues and trends affecting the automotive aftermarket and influencing its future. More information is available on the GAAS website.

The GAAS scholarship program is, according to the NATEF, a joint professional education effort of the of the Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations; Auto Care Association (formerly the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association); Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association; Automotive Industries Association of Canada; Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association; Automotive Service Association; Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association; Motorist Assurance Program; Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association; Specialty Equipment Market Association; Tire Industry Association; and University of the Aftermarket. R. L. Polk & Co. is the corporate sponsor of the GAAS. For more information on the symposium’s scholarship program, visit its website.

NATEF was founded in 1983 as an independent, non-profit organization to evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for NATEF accreditation.

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