Despite critical times during the Coronavirus pandemic, HADA proudly issued a total of $303,000 in scholarships to 101 deserving college students last month. The scholarship recipients come from all lifestyles and circumstances, but have two things in common: their affiliation with a new car dealership and their yearning to continue their education.
“I just want to thank the association for this amazing financial assistance,” said Brian Cruz, a sales department porter, and scholarship recipient. “Even with this global crisis, it feels good to know that there are associations such as HADA that are helping others.” Cruz has worked at Ron Carter for more than four years and is studying mechanical engineering. This scholarship will go to cover his tuition for the entire fall semester.
Nearly 250 students applied for the scholarship over the winter and were screened and selected by a special committee based on financial need, community engagement, and academic excellence.
“The dealer community is proud to relieve the financial burden from these students and support their educational dreams,” said RoShelle Salinas, vice president of HADA. “When times are tough, dealers are one of the community’s biggest supporters and this scholarship program is a prime example of that reliable commitment.”
While working at McRee Ford, recipient Kady Hoyle is working towards her Master’s in Business at Lamar University. “I love working with the family that started the dealership in 1947,” said Hoyle. “They make you feel like you are a part of their family, and I have the highest regard to the core values the owners demonstrate every day.”
HADA finalized the selection of recipients at the end of the 2019/2020 academic year and will distribute scholarship funds to students this summer to cover their upcoming tuition. Students will put their scholarships to use at universities and colleges across the country and in industries including everything from automotive and healthcare to engineering and business.
“HADA has always been dedicated to assisting dealer employees and their dependents in furthering their education,” said Wyatt Wainwright, president of HADA. “We’re proud to continue this effort despite challenging circumstances.”
Additionally, HADA has a Toolbox Reimbursement program for Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (ASE-EF) students accepted into an internship within a HADA member’s new car dealership. Technician interns receive a Snap-on Toolbox including a full set of tools at no cost to the student. Dealership service managers and interns can apply for this reimbursement throughout the summer of their internship.