CDK Global Inc., a leading automotive retail software provider, together with the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD), today announced that the seventh annual "Fueling Careers" scholarship program is now accepting applications. The scholarship program was established to support ethnic minority high school students of dealership employees who demonstrate financial need in their pursuit of a college education.
The "Fueling Careers" Scholarship Program, funded by CDK Global, will once again award up to five $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors entering an accredited college or university. NAMAD members can select dealership employees to participate in the program.
"We are committed to supporting ambitious young men and women who are dedicated to achieving educational goals that will equip them for meaningful and productive careers," stated Kathy Gilbert, Senior Director of Minority Dealers and Women Retail at CDK Global. "Collaborating with NAMAD has played a crucial role in facilitating the program, enhancing the lives of participating students and their families, and empowering them to make significant contributions to society."
"We have an exceptional chance and a crucial duty to play a role in shaping the future talent for the automotive industry," Hugene Fields, NAMAD president. "Supporting our minority dealer community has been an imperative agenda for both NAMAD and CDK Global, and implementing this scholarship program, we are clearing the path for exceptional students within our minority dealer network to excel."
CDK Global introduced the program in 2017 and has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships to outstanding recipients. The initiative demonstrates the shared commitment of CDK and NAMAD to help build strong leaders and nurture a hearty pipeline of minority talent for the next generation. Previous recipients have attended, and are currently attending, universities throughout the United States.
"I chose business as my major to fulfill my lifelong dream of operating my own car dealership, inspired by my father's career in the automotive industry. Growing up, I was exposed to the industry from an early age, and my fascination with automobiles has continued to develop," said Emily Martin, 2022 ?Fueling Careers' scholarship winner and Lynn University student.
"I have learned a lot from my father about the business and feel well-prepared to take on the challenges that come with owning a dealership. Despite the obstacles, I am determined to pursue my ambition and make the necessary sacrifices to achieve my dream."
The scholarship application and award process will be managed by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), and award recipients will be selected based upon both academic merit and financial need. Dealership managers with high school students will complete an online application and must satisfy all eligibility requirements. Applications and program information can be found at https://programs.applyists.com/fuelingcareers/. Student applications will be accepted through May 8, 2023.
About CDK Global, Inc.
CDK Global is a leading provider of cloud-based software to dealerships and Original Equipment Manufacturers ("OEMs") across automotive and related industries. The Company's cloud-based, software as a service ("SaaS") platform enables dealerships to manage their end-to-end business operations including the acquisition, sale, financing, insuring, repair, and maintenance of vehicles. By automating and streamlining critical workflows, the integrated platform of modern solutions enables dealers to sell and service more vehicles by creating simple and convenient experiences for customers and improves their financial and operational performance.
About the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers
The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers' (NAMAD) objective is to pursue the meaningful presence and participation of minority businesses and diverse employees across all aspects of the automotive economic sector, including:
We are committed to developing strategic relationships and advocating for the advancement of business policies and practices that ensure diversity and economic parity remain a priority in all aspects of the American automotive industry.
NAMAD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. For information on National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers visit https://namad.org/.
About International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS)
Founded in 1985, International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. provides comprehensive scholarships, grants, tuition assistance and tuition reimbursement program management. ISTS is a 100% women-owned company, focused on offering innovative technology and sustainable solutions to corporations, foundations, associations, unions, and other scholarship-granting organizations worldwide. For more information about ISTS, visit https://www.applyists.com/.
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