The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has approved a grant of $20,000 for the Wyakin Warrior Foundation to fund the educational, professional and personal costs faced by two of their warriors who were severely wounded during their military service. Both of the veterans are planning careers in the auto care industry.
Grant funds will be used to specifically enable the two veterans to pursue and complete their educations. In addition to covering scholastic expenses, funds may be used to address the unique needs of each warrior, allowing them to achieve their educational goals. One warrior is pursuing an associate degree in automotive technology and the other is working toward a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.
“It is with great pride that the University of the Aftermarket Foundation has partnered with the Wyakin Warrior Foundation to fund the academic pursuits of two worthy recipients, with the goal of welcoming them into the auto care industry upon graduation,” said Tim Lee, chairman, University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “This grant will help provide a meaningful transition for these patriots and it reminds transitioning veterans nationwide that the auto care industry is a serious and rewarding employment choice.”
The Wyakin Warrior Foundation has also partnered with the Auto Care Association and Easter Seals Dixon Center to launch Operation Auto Care, a program whose goal is to connect transitioning veterans with jobs and careers in the auto care industry.
To help the University of the Aftermarket Foundation fund scholarships and educational programs like those conducted by the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, call 816-584-0511 or email Barbara Cunningham at [email protected] to make a donation. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
About the Wyakin Warrior Foundation
The Wyakin Warrior Foundation enables severely wounded or injured veterans to achieve personal and professional success as business and community leaders. It is the most comprehensive transition program in the country for veterans that have suffered injuries and disabilities serving their country. There are six cores to tenets of the Wyakin Warrior Foundation program: multi-faceted mentoring, professional development, financial assistance, community service project, robust networking to facilitate job placement and annual, proactive follow-up.
About the University of the Aftermarket Foundation
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, call 816-584-0511.