Applications accepted for Thayer scholarship

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Applications are being accepted for the Jack Thayer Memorial Scholarship through March 31, 2014, according to the Midwest Automotive Parts and Service Association (MAPSA) and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

The Jack Thayer Memorial Scholarship Program assists students affiliated with MAPSA who wish to continue their education beyond the secondary level. A minimum of one scholarship is awarded each academic year to qualified undergraduate students who have applied or are enrolled full time at an accredited college or university and are working or planning to work toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

More recently known as the Ohio Valley Automotive Aftermarket Association (OVAAA), MAPSA is a non-profit trade association representing all aftermarket businesses in the region. The annual scholarship is named in the memory of industry leader Jack Thayer who spent his career in the automotive aftermarket in Ohio. Thayer served as chairman of Ohio Automotive Wholesalers Association (OAWA) from 1979-1981 and treasurer of OAWA/OVAAA for nearly 20 years. 

“The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is pleased to partner with MAPSA again this year to assist a deserving student wishing to continue their education,” says Rusty Bishop, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “By providing scholarship matching funds to organizations like MAPSA, the foundation can further its goals of giving back to the industry through education.”

To learn more and apply online for the MAPSA Jack Thayer Memorial Scholarship, visit

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