Monday, 06 February 2017 19:46

AAAS Calls for Scholarship Applications, Preps for Capitol Days

Written by Chasidy Sisk

As 2017 gets underway, the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) is busy gearing up for scholarship submissions, State Capitol Days and their 2017 Annual Conference and Trade Show.

Randal Ward, President of AAAS, said, "There are a lot of great things going on here at AAAS. We just hired a new Government Relations Director, and our political action committee is working harder than ever; it's time for scholarship submissions, and we are going to have our inaugural AAAS Educational Foundation Silent Auction in June at our conference. This would be a fantastic year to travel to Sandestin and join us for our conference! Bill Hanvey is our keynote speaker, and our pre-registration numbers and interest are higher than ever."


AAAS has begun accepting applications for their 2017 AAAS Education Foundation scholarships, which are available to AAAS members and their immediate families as well as employees of AAAS members and their immediate families. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 31, and those interested can apply online at


Ward noted, "The AAASEF scholarship fund was established in 2005 for the purpose of encouraging and financially assisting those individuals wishing to continue their education in college or technical training school. We are grateful to our membership for your generous donations, and last year, the AAASEF awarded 20 scholarships to deserving students. Please also consider making your tax-deductible contribution to AASEF to this great cause! With your help, we can build a program that will assist numerous deserving students."


AAAS hosted its first 2017 Capitol Day event in GA on January 11, when association members had the opportunity to meet with senators and legislators in Atlanta to discuss the issues impacting the automotive aftermarket industry in GA. AAAS will host its AL Capitol Day on February 15 with the FL Capitol Days scheduled for March 14-15. Ward urged, "Take advantage of this opportunity to raise awareness of the issues your business faces while advocating for the automotive aftermarket industry in your state."


Additionally, AAAS is preparing for the 2017 AAAS Conference and Trade Show, which will be held at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on June 8-11. The association is excited to host Keynote Speaker Bill Hanvey, President and CEO of the Automotive Care Association. Ward added, "In addition to the outstanding business session, you'll be able to take advantage of our fantastic fishing and golf outings, world class beaches, shopping, fabulous food, and fellowship."


For more information about the Association's events and initiatives, visit

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