June 7, 2007

Twelve Canadian students earn Global Automotive Symposium scholarships

Ottawa, Ontario – The Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) has announced that twelve Canadian students are receiving 2007 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarships. The recipients were selected at the GAAS event in Chicago last May; a total of 154 scholarships were awarded.

Each student will receive $1,000 to support them in their post-secondary education. Over half of the recipients are studying in fields related to the automotive sector, including vehicle services, mechanical engineering, automotive marketing and business management. Canadian GAAS scholarship applicants must be enrolled full-time in a college-level program or an accredited automotive technical program, with priority given to those pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket.

“We are extremely impressed by the enthusiasm, ambition and drive of these young people,” says AIA president Ray Datt. “Each recipient has shown dedication to his or her future. They are an inspiration to their peers, and demonstrate the immense potential that young people hold for the aftermarket industry. We are pleased to be working with the GAAS Selection Committee to bring the benefits of this grant to so many exceptional Canadian students.”

The Canadian recipients are:

Atlantic Division: Caitlin Creaser, Saint Mary’s University; and Christopher Stafford, Cory White, and Katrina Bailey of New Brunswick Community College

British Columbia Interior: Sam Lundgren, South Alberta Institute of Technology

Central Ontario: Rebecca Taylor, York University; Shawn Stephens, Georgian College; Shereen Ladha, McGill University

Saskatchewan: Armanda Schneider, University of Saskatchewan; Brant McEachern, SIAST Palliser Campus; Meghan Shaw, Dickinson State University

Southern Ontario: Franklin Straus, University of Waterloo

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