Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Names 30 Students As 2015 Advancing the Aftermarket And General College Scholarship Winners

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Names 30 Students As 2015 Advancing the Aftermarket And General College Scholarship Winners

Since 2001, AAPA has awarded scholarships to deserving students in their pursuit of a post-high school education. Each recipient will receive a $1,500 scholarship to help offset the expense of attending a college, university or trade school of their choice. Since the program’s inception, more than $350,000 has been awarded to students throughout the United States.

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — As students from across the nation finalize their college and career plans this summer, the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance (AAPA) announced that 30 students have been selected to receive the 2015 Advancing the Aftermarket and General College Scholarships. These 30 students were selected from a pool of more than 150 applications from across the country.

Since 2001, AAPA has awarded scholarships to deserving students in their pursuit of a post-high school education. Each recipient will receive a $1,500 scholarship to help offset the expense of attending a college, university or trade school of their choice. Since the program’s inception, more than $350,000 has been awarded to students throughout the United States.

Among the 30 scholarship recipients is Alex Gonzalez, the winner of the Frank V. Maggio Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given to a deserving student to commemorate the life of Frank V. Maggio and to continue his legacy of honesty, trustworthiness and his continual pursuit of excellence through education. Maggio was an employee of Auto-Wares Inc. and believed that partnering with his customers would lead to their ultimate mutual success. Auto-Wares Inc. is proud to sponsor this scholarship with an additional $1,000 which will assist Gonzalez in his pursuit of studying automotive technology at Grand Rapids Community College.

Fifteen of the scholarship recipients are students who have chosen a career path within the automotive aftermarket. The 2015 Advancing the Aftermarket Scholarship Winners are:

Alex Gonzalez, Holland, Mich.

Nicholas Ozgar, Phillipsburg, N.J.

Sedrick Hatfield, Olathe, Kan.

Sarah K. Wilkerson, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Kyle Van Tassel, Hamburg, N.J.

Casey Daniel Karsten, Manning, Iowa

Jacob Koch, Batesville, Ind.

Dylan Hengesteg, Northwood, Iowa

Zachary Carey, New Windsor, N.Y.

Cynthia Jones, Tyler, Texas

Kyle McDonald, Franklin, Tenn.

Gunnar Dockan, Yorkville, Ill.

Arturo J. Rodriguez, Marine City, Mich.

Elizabeth Niemi, Howell, Mich.

Emily Farrell, Newtown, Pa.

The remaining 15 scholarship recipients are students who are employed or have parents employed by an Alliance affiliated warehouse, parts store or certified service center. The 2015 General College Scholarship winners are:

McCaela Soper, Medford, Okla.

Mariah Beikman, St. Francis, Kan.

Austin Evans, Westerville, Ohio

Nick Laing, Humboldt, Iowa

Ariel Riley, Alburtis, Pa.

Troy Holstad, Jenison, Mich.

Derek Eilert, Morrice, Mich.

Samantha Love Still, Hope, Ark.

Brittney Moore, Chatham, Mich.

Harleigh Aldridge, Star City, Ark.

Jordan Kempf, Fremont, Wis.

Garrett Hefter, Allenton, Wis.

Alondra Sairy Loera, Cathedral City, Calif.

Melissa Klaib, Irvine, Calif.

Andy Klaib, Irvine, Calif.

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