by: Pete Kornafel

For Immediate Release

June 29, 2015

GAASS PR 16-15


Media contact:

Margaret Beck, AASA




Two Students Awarded Scholarships From

The Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Two students have been selected as recipients of scholarships from the Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Fund, established within the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.


Recipients for the $1,000 scholarship awards are:


·         Adam Bancroft of East Falmouth, Mass., attending the University Of Northwestern Ohio, Lima and pursuing an associate degree in applied science of automotive/diesel technology

·         Mohamed Diaby of Galloway, Ohio, attending the University of Northwestern Ohio in the automotive/diesel technology program.


The Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Fund was established within the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to award scholarships in honor of Marilyn Schwartz, wife of aftermarket veteran Mort Schwartz, partner, Schwartz Advisors and founder of the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium.


“We are pleased to help deserving young women and men obtain scholarship finds to help further their education,” Schwartz said. “Over the years, 2,500 have benefitted from this program. It assures the quality of people entering the automotive aftermarket.”


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 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.