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AMI Accepting Applications for Six Scholarships

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The Automotive Management Institute (AMI) is accepting applications for the following six scholarships to be awarded this year: the Emil Stanley Merit Award, the BodyShop Business Magazine Scholarship, the Gale Westerlund/Richard Cossette Memorial Scholarship, the Tom B. Babcox Memorial Scholarship, the Automotive Video Inc. (AVI) Educational Scholarship and the Zurich “High Octane” Scholarship.

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Three scholarships help pay expenses for recipients to attend the 2009 International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-7. These scholarships are the Emil Stanley Merit Award, the BodyShop Business Magazine Scholarship and the Gale Westerlund/Richard Cossette Memorial Scholarship.

The $1,000 Emil Stanley Merit Award is given annually to an individual who works in an Automotive Service Association (ASA) Collision Division member-business in good standing and who displays a desire to improve their business skills through management education. The 2009 award marks the 19th year in which AMI and ASA have honored Emil Stanley with this commemorative management-oriented scholarship. The scholarship money will be applied toward the recipient’s expenses to attend NACE 2009.

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The $1,000 BodyShop Business Magazine Scholarship is also presented annually. AMI’s resource development effort, EXCEL, in conjunction with Babcox Publications, established the scholarship that is awarded to an ASA Collision Division member-business in good standing and who displays a desire to improve their business skills through management education. The scholarship money will be applied toward the recipient’s expenses to attend NACE 2009.

The Gale Westerlund/Richard Cossette Memorial Scholarship is offered in conjunction with ASA to honor the contributions these individuals made to AMI, ASA and the collision repair industry. The scholarship recipient will receive $1,000 toward expenses to attend NACE 2009.

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NACE, the world’s largest collision repair event, is sponsored by ASA and offers a comprehensive lineup of AMI, industry and technical seminars, a trade show with 350-plus exhibiting companies and the opportunity to network with other collision industry professionals.

The remaining three annual scholarships help cover expenses for recipients to attend the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-7. These scholarships are the Tom B. Babcox Memorial Scholarship, the Automotive Video Inc. (AVI) Educational Scholarship and the Zurich “High Octane” Scholarship.

The $1,000 Tom B. Babcox Memorial Scholarship was established by EXCEL, in conjunction with Babcox Publications. It is awarded to an ASA Mechanical Division member-business in good standing and who displays a desire to improve their business skills through management education. The scholarship money will be applied toward the recipient’s expenses to attend CARS 2009.

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The Automotive Video Inc. (AVI) Educational Scholarship was established by EXCEL, in conjunction with AVI, a leader in automotive diagnostic and repair training programs for automotive repair professionals. The scholarship is based on proceeds from “Casino Night,” a fundraising effort held during AVI’s Annual Training Conference. This year’s event will fund three $1,000 scholarships to attend CARS 2009.

The $1,000 Zurich “High Octane” Scholarship was established by EXCEL, in conjunction with Zurich, formerly Universal Underwriters Group. It is awarded to an ASA Mechanical Division member-business in good standing and who displays a desire to improve their business skills through management education. The scholarship money will be applied toward the recipient’s expenses to attend CARS 2009.

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CARS, also sponsored by ASA, offers an educational lineup of AMI seminars, technical courses and industry sessions, a trade show with 40-plus exhibiting companies and the opportunity to network with other automotive service professionals.

To apply for a scholarship online, visit www.amioinline.org. To request a scholarship application, call AMI at (800) 272-7467, ext. 241. Applications must be received by AMI on or before Aug. 14, 2009. The scholarship recipient will be notified by AMI on or before Sept. 15, 2009.

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