The goal with the Automotive Scholarships is to give some additional financial help to students seeking a career in the aftermarket, or who are from aftermarket families. The automotive aftermarket is an excellent career choice for those unsure about a college degree, and who may perhaps benefit from a vocation instead. Trained professional automotive technicians are in high demand. They can earn excellent starting salaries, and an experienced technician can earn $75,000 or more. Today’s technicians must have knowledge and skills in electrical/electronic systems, computers, diagnostic processes, and much more. Another important consideration is that this is a job that can’t be “outsourced” and will lead to continued US job market growth.
Since 1986, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation has provided funding for aftermarket education programs and research. By awarding grants throughout each year, the Foundation financially supports the continued development and distribution of courses in every-broadening areas. By supporting such academic offerings, the Foundation and its donor ensure that education will have a stabilizing influence in the ever-changing and increasingly complex aftermarket.