by: Pete Kornafel

For Immediate Release
August 1, 2015

GAAS PR 13-15


Media contact:

Margaret Beck, AASA



University of the Aftermarket Foundation Announces
2015 Bosch Automotive Scholarship Recipients


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The University of the Aftermarket Foundation today announced the recipients of scholarships provided by funding from Bosch Automotive.


Ten students received $2,000 awards:


·         Benjamin Cook of Fairport, N.Y.: attending SUNY Alfred State College in the heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician program

·         Mitchell Holsten of Stover, Mo.: attending University of Central Missouri in the automotive technology program

·         Zoe Langdon of Bountiful, Utah: attending Universal Technical Institute in the automotive and diesel technology program

·         Marco Munoz Gil of Menlo Park, Calif.: attending Deanza College in the automotive technology program

·         Austin Nelson of Higbee, Mo.: attending State Technical College of Missouri in the medium/heavy diesel program

·         Paola Olguin-Acevedo of Galloway, Ohio: attending Columbus State Community College in the automotive technology program

·         Nicholas Ozgar of Phillipsburg, N.J.: attending Lincoln Technical Institute in the heavy equipment and truck technology program

·         Phanit Phoutthaphaphone of Plymouth, Minn.: attending Hennepin Technical College in the automotive technology program

·         Umair Shah of Wheaton, Ill.: attending Southern Illinois University with a planned double major in automotive technology and general management

·         Steve Stein of Crete, Ill.: attending Universal Technical Institute in the automotive and diesel technician program


Five students were awarded $1,000 scholarships:


·         Drew Burger of Rock Falls, Ill.: attending Wyotech in the advanced diesel mechanics and business management program

·         Jacob Crum of Columbia, Mo.: attending Ranken Technical College in the Ford ASSET program

·         Raymond Davis of Manning, S.C.: attending UTI NASCAR Tech in the automotive program

·         Julian Ferreyra of Clinton, Utah: attending Weber State University in the automotive technology program

·         Brian O'Connor of West Babylon, N.Y.: attending Alfred State SUNY College of Technology in the automotive service technician program


Bosch and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation offered these scholarships to help students in technician programs to prepare for the future automotive workforce. As automotive technology evolves, those in the industry must expand their skill set to develop new concepts and ideas.


“Scholarships like these are just one way Bosch supports the future of the aftermarket,” said Odd Joergenrud, regional president North America, Robert Bosch LLC, Automotive Aftermarket. “They encourage students to pursue STEM education and to understand the number of opportunities the automotive market offers,” he said, referring to science, technology, engineering and math. “Because technology is constantly evolving, it is critical that today’s students have the knowledge, background and skills for tomorrow’s industry.”


“These recipients are very appreciative of the generous support from the Bosch Community Fund, and all will use it to support their training for careers in the automotive aftermarket”, said Pete Kornafel, Chairman, GAAS-UAF Scholarship Committee. “We look forward to working with Bosch in future years as well.”


The Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division provides a complete program of aftermarket parts, diagnostic tools and equipment, training, and workshop business solutions for today’s automotive industry. Its parts portfolio includes a wide range of products made for both passenger and commercial vehicles, including those Bosch original equipment.


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About the Bosch Community Fund

The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, awards up to $3 million annually in grants to various 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions. The BCF focuses primarily on the enrichment of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.


About Bosch

Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs some 28,700 associates in more than 100 locations, as of April 1, 2015. In 2014, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $11.3 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit, and


The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of $65 billion (49 billion euros) in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”


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*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been fully acquired.


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.