Four $12,500 scholarships awarded to students currently attending or entering an accredited college or university
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CDK Global, Inc. (Nasdaq; CDK), a leading retail automotive technology company, together with the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD), today announced the recipients of its annual Fueling Careers scholarship program. The program awarded four students with $12,500 scholarships, which will help support their continued pursuit of a college degree.
The recipients of the 2020 Fueling Careers scholarships are:
- David A. Toyooka: Attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ.
- Jakeem A. Littles: Attending Life University in Marietta, Ga.
- Sabrina Linares: Attending Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.
- Sebastian Watler: Attending Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.
“At CDK, we are committed to creating opportunities for quality and inclusive education that promotes lifelong learning,” says Brian Krzanich, president and chief executive officer, CDK Global. “Each of the scholarship winners possesses the characteristics CDK and NAMAD have valued since establishing the Fueling Careers scholarship program in 2017. CDK is honored to play a small role in supporting these students as they continue learning the necessary skills to achieve success in their respective future careers.”
Sabrina Linares is the first student to receive the scholarship for four consecutive years. Sabrina is currently attending Florida Atlantic University, where she is studying Accounting and preparing for a potential career in the automotive industry.
“I am extremely fortunate to have been awarded the Fueling Careers scholarship from CDK and NAMAD for four consecutive years,” said Ms. Linares. “I hope to use the scholarship as a means to relieve the financial burden of student loans and also to inspire many others in pursuing their dreams of higher education.”
Since its inception, the Fueling Careers scholarship program has provided 17 eligible applicants the opportunity to pursue their education and career-specific goals. This year’s winners will also be offered an eight-week paid internship with CDK Global. The application site for next year’s scholarships will open on January 3, 2021.
“With the Fueling Careers scholarship program, we are finding young, minority leaders who are setting the example for the next generation by demonstrating educational excellence at every level,” said Damon Lester, president, NAMAD. “It will be exciting to watch these students flourish as they take the first steps in realizing their educational and professional dreams.”
Applicants eligible for a Fueling Careers scholarship must be planning to attend or are currently attending an accredited college or university. All applicants must also have a parent employed by a NAMAD dealership and must be sponsored by a current NAMAD member.
The scholarship application and award processes were managed by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS). Selection of the final four award recipients was performed by ISTS and approved by the Fueling Careers Scholarship Committee consisting of CDK and NAMAD members. Award recipients were selected based upon both academic merit and financial need.
About CDK Global, Inc.
With $2 billion in revenues, CDK Global (Nasdaq: CDK) is a leading global provider of integrated information technology solutions to the automotive retail and adjacent industries. Focused on enabling end-to-end automotive commerce, CDK Global provides solutions to dealers in more than 100 countries around the world, serving approximately 30,000 retail locations and most automotive manufacturers. CDK solutions automate and integrate all parts of the dealership and buying process, including the acquisition, sale, financing, insuring, parts supply, repair, and maintenance of vehicles. Visit cdkglobal.com.
About The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers
The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers’ (NAMAD) objective is to pursue the meaningful presence and participation of minority businesses and diverse employees across all aspects of the automotive economic sector, including:
- Increasing the number of minority-owned dealerships in communities across America.
- Advocating workplace and supplier diversity in the automotive manufacturing environment.
- Supporting minority engagement in the automotive retail sales and service sectors.
We are committed to developing strategic relationships and advocating for the advancement of business policies and practices that ensure diversity and economic parity remain a priority in all aspects of the American automotive industry.
NAMAD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. For information on National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, visit namad.org.
About International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS)
Founded in 1985, International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. provides comprehensive scholarship, grant, tuition assistance, and tuition reimbursement program management. ISTS is a 100 percent women-owned company, focused on offering cutting-edge technology and sustainable solutions to corporations, foundations, associations, unions, and other scholarship-granting organizations worldwide. For more information about ISTS, visit http://www.applyISTS.com.
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