About the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation
Started in 1996, the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) quickly established itself as the leading educational event in the automotive aftermarket. This annual two-day event gathered industry leaders to hear strategic presentations about the future of the aftermarket.
All of the net proceeds of the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium have been used to fund scholarships for students pursuing careers in the automotive aftermarket.
The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) is a major donor supporting automotive scholarships as well.
In 2015, GAAS stopped holding the annual symposium. Several other industry events have taken its place. In 2016, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation assumed responsibility for continuing the automotive scholarship program.
Since the program began, more than 2,500 scholarships have been awarded by GAAS, UAF and the other collaborating organizations.
While all students are encouraged to apply, first priority in awarding scholarships is given to those pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket, and second priority is given to sons and daughters of industry families.
Students who receive a GAAS or UAF scholarship and begin a career as an automotive aftermarket technician are eligible for a matching grant upon graduation from their program and after completing six months of employment in the automotive aftermarket.