BETHESDA, Md. — The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) has awarded nearly 400 scholarships totaling a record $557,600 to students, most of whom are pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket.
The scholarship recipients each will receive an award worth $1,000 to $5,000 to advance their education at either a two-year or four-year college or university or an accredited automotive vocational program in the 2019-20 academic year.
The vast majority are studying to become a mechanical, collision or heavy duty repair professional or pursuing a business or engineering degree that will lead to a career in the automotive aftermarket, the UAF said.
Since 1986, the UAF has funded millions of dollars of scholarships, grants, research and ongoing educational programs to help develop the automotive aftermarket workforce.
"The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has reached a new milestone by awarding over $550,000 of scholarships to worthy students preparing to enter the workforce," UAF Chairman Bob Egan said.
"While the amount of scholarships awarded this year is impressive, there is more work to do when you consider the size of our industry. The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is working diligently to expand the number of scholarships and educational opportunities available in order to help develop a strong aftermarket workforce."