Women in Auto Care, a community of the Auto Care Association, recently awarded more than $175,000 in scholarship funding, including tool kits donated by NAPA AUTO PARTS, to 63 female students across the country pursuing a career in the auto care industry. The organization initiated the scholarship program in 2004 and has given more than $735,000 in scholarships to date. Over $100,000 has been awarded in each of the past four years with 2021 being the most successful.
“I am thrilled that 2021 marks another record year of giving for Women in Auto Care’s scholarship program,” said Olivia Newton, chair, Women in Auto Care. “We are so grateful to our sponsors for helping to make this happen.”
Women in Auto Care provides opportunities, education, and career leadership to women in the auto care industry through conferences, networking, scholarships, education, data, awards, and more.
Missy Stephens, NAPA Category Manager is a member of Women in Auto Care and sits on the scholarship committee.
She said, “NAPA is a big supporter of Women in Auto Care. I thought this was a great opportunity to pair two things I am passionate about: Women in Auto Care and Carlyle Tools, our proprietary brand,” she said. “Not only were our partners glad to help such a great cause, it allowed me the opportunity to speak to them about Women in Auto Care and how the women within its organization could get involved.
“We assembled and shipped the 15 tool kits to the young women earlier this summer. Each recipient received an entire skid full of tools including a variety of hand and diagnostic tools, a creeper with parts tray, tool box, and more.”
Dezire Grafton, a student at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, was one of the tool kit recipients. She said, “I was actually in tears as I opened every box. I just couldn’t believe how someone who didn’t even know me could be THIS supportive of my dreams. I will never be able to explain how grateful I am!”
With partners like NAPA stepping up to make a positive impact on the future of the industry, Women in Auto Care is confident it can continue to expand its programs for 2022.
More than 90 years ago, the National Automotive Parts Association ("NAPA") was created to meet America’s growing need for an effective auto parts distribution system. Today, 91% of do-it-yourself customers recognize the NAPA brand name. We have over 6,000 NAPA AUTO PARTS Stores nationwide serving all 50 states with a unique inventory control system that helps you find the exact part that you need.