Automotive Parts Associates (APA) has established a scholarship program for the children of APA shareholders and their employees in conjunction with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF). Once a student applies for an APA scholarship, the applicant will also be considered for UAF and other scholarships.

“On behalf of the board of directors of APA, I am pleased that APA can be involved in the educational pursuits of its shareholders and their employees,” says Gary Martin, AAP, president and CEO of Automotive Parts Associates. “Partnering with the University of the Aftermarket Foundation is an excellent way to achieve this endeavor and we look forward to being involved with the continued success of this program,”

APA will award five $1,000 scholarships each year to children of APA shareholders and their employees who are attending or will attend a two- or four-year accredited college; an ASE/NATEF certified post-secondary automotive, heavy-duty or collision technician training program; or any licensed and accredited vocational school. Eligible students may apply online by completing the scholarship application form as well as submitting the accompanying APA form to APA headquarters.

“We want to commend APA for establishing scholarships for the children of their shareholders and employees, and thank them for collaborating with us on this effort,” says Pete Kornafel, MAAP, a trustee of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Last year more than 50 students received more than one scholarship from one application, so by working together we can ensure that APA applicants receive proper consideration for the APA awards and also other industry scholarship opportunities.”

Applications for APA scholarships for 2017 will be accepted mid-September through March 31, 2017. To learn more, visit and click on the APA link.

Since 1986, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation has funded millions of dollars of scholarships, grants, research and ongoing educational programs to help develop a strong, knowledgeable aftermarket work force.

The foundation encourages industry support, including donations for the purpose of honoring or memorializing individuals or otherwise recognizing special events, to help ensure the continued availability of training and education that strengthen the industry.

For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, visit