Wednesday, May 30, 2007

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New Scholarship from Zurich: Application Deadline is Aug. 17
The Automotive Management Institute (AMI), in conjunction with Zurich, formerly Universal Underwriters Group, has announced a new scholarship program to help automotive service professionals obtain the management education crucial for success in today’s competitive industry environment. One scholarship will be awarded to an Automotive Service Association (ASA) Mechanical Division member who strives to be, or is presently working in a management capacity.
Zurich introduced the scholarship program, called High Octane, specifically to address the educational needs of the automotive aftermarket. A leader in the automotive insurance industry, Zurich provides a range of customized products for the automotive aftermarket.
Bob Tschippert, Senior Vice President of Zurich’s Automotive Specialty Markets division is pleased to offer the High Octane scholarship program to ASA members. Tschippert states, “We at Zurich truly understand the unique needs of those in the aftermarket industry. We created our High Octane program in part to help give those in the industry an opportunity to acquire quality business management education.”
The scholarship will be applied toward the recipient’s expenses to attend the 2007 Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-3. CARS is sponsored by ASA and offers an educational lineup of AMI seminars, technical training courses and industry sessions, an exhibitor showcase and the opportunity to network with other automotive service professionals.
“AMI continues to work with industry leaders to establish greater opportunities for automotive service professionals to obtain the skills necessary for their growth and success,” said AMI Executive Director Toni Slaton, AAM. “We are very pleased to be working with Zurich to offer this new scholarship opportunity.”
To be eligible for the award, the following requirements must be met:
  • applicants must work in the mechanical repair industry;

  • must demonstrate an interest in self-improvement through education and training;

  • must own or work for a business that is an ASA member in good standing; and,

  • if the applicant is not the business owner, must be recommended by the business owner.
AMI Trustees and their employees, and Zurich and its employees, are not eligible to apply.
To request a scholarship application, call AMI at (800) 272-7467, ext. 241, or fill out a scholarship application online at Applications must be received by AMI on or before Aug. 17, 2007. The scholarship recipient will be notified by AMI on or before Sept. 7, 2007.

The Institute offers the Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation, the first business management accreditation exclusively for the automotive service professional. To date, AMI programs have attracted more than 160,000 enrollments throughout North America. AMI is a not-for-profit educational foundation. For more information about the Institute, its curriculum, or EXCEL, please contact AMI at (800) 272-7467, ext. 239, or visit the AMI Web site at

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