by: Pete Kornafel

For Immediate Release

July 6, 2015

GAAS PR 15-15


Media contact:

Margaret Beck, AASA



Three Students Awarded Scholarships

From the Larry W. McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Three students have been selected as recipients of scholarships from the Larry W. McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Affinia Group Inc. within the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.


Established to honor McCurdy, the late chairman of the board of Affinia Group Inc., who passed away in August 2010, the scholarship fund awards three $2,500 scholarships per year to students in four-year programs preparing for aftermarket careers in engineering, business, accounting or other professional positions. The recipients for the 2015-2016 academic year are:


·         Rachel Berbert of Marianna, Fla.: attending Chipola College in Marianna and pursuing a degree in business administration

·         Emily Blackman of Woodstock Ill.: attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. pursing a degree in computer engineering

·         Tyler Washington of New Albany, Ohio: attending Capital University in Bexley, Ohio pursuing a double major in marketing and leadership & management


Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions provided by individuals, companies and foundations. Contributions can be made to the Scholarship Fund, c/o Susan Medick at the Auto Care Association, at or



About Affinia Group Inc.


Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket parts for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $1.4 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit


About the University of the Aftermarket Foundation


Since 1986, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation (formerly the AWDA University Foundation) has provided funding for aftermarket educational programs and research. Through its grant program, the Foundation and its donors ensure that education has a positive, stabilizing influence on the future of the aftermarket. The Foundation reached a milestone during the fourth quarter of 2014 by surpassing $7 million in donations since its inception in 1986. For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, call Barbara Cunningham at 816-584-0511.