Scholarship Program


GIADA Scholarship LogoGIADA-ScholarshipThe Georgia Independent Automobile Dealers Association (GIADA) has established a scholarship program to assist business owners, officers and employees’ children, stepchildren and grandchildren who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America®. Scholarship America is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.



Alyce-HammerRecipient: Alyce Hammer
Bio: Alyce is very excited to be honored with a GIADA Scholarship! Alyce attended Park Tudor School, where she was actively involved in Student Council and was the chair of New Student Services. Alyce was the captain of the volleyball team and a member of the Cum Laude Society. She is also a long time delegate of the Model United Nations, and was elected to travel to The Hague last winter as a photographer for the Press Corps. One of Alyce’s favorite high school experiences was volunteering in Iowa for Habitat for Humanity. In the fall, she will be attending Southern Methodist University with a plan to major in International Studies. Alyce would like to thank her family for all their love and support and cannot wait to see where life takes her next!
Scholarship sponsored by: NextGear Capital
GIADA Member Info: Father: John Hammer, US Auto Sales

Jaren-MendelRecipient: Jaren Mendel
Bio: Jaren Mendel is a junior at the University of Georgia, majoring in Accounting. As a UGA freshman, Jaren started Karma Coffee, a student run pay it forward kindness initiative where students receive a free cup of coffee in exchange for performing a random act of kindness. He holds a second degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Taido and started a student Taido club at UGA where he will be teaching Karate. He is the President of Challah for Hunger, a student organization raising awareness and money for hunger relief in Athens. Jaren was recently appointed as UGA Kind Ambassador for Kind Bars, whose mission is to spread kindness on campus. His summers are spent working with children at Camp Barney Medintz in the North Ga. where he specializes in outdoor leadership, rock climbing, and nature skills. He is an avid singer-song writer and enjoys playing guitar.
Scholarship sponsored by: ADESA, AFC & IAA
GIADA Member Info: Father: Steve Mendel, Central Auto Sales (member since 2005)

Ashley-DawsonRecipient: Ashley Dawson
Bio: Ashley is the eighteen year old daughter of Keith and Wanda Dawson, as well as the oldest out of three siblings, Katie and Noah Dawson. She attended Vidalia Heritage Academy all her life, and graduated third out of her class there. In the fall, she will begin attending the University of Georgia, where she will pursue a Master’s Degree in mathematics education so she can one day teach and encourage high school students. She is blessed to receive this scholarship, which will help her fulfill her dreams at UGA.
Scholarship sponsored by: GIADA Online Store & CarDoozy
GIADA Member Info: Father: Keith Dawson, Moss Curtain Motors – Vidalia


Applicants to the GIADA Scholarship Program must –

  • Be children, stepchildren or grandchildren of owners, officers or employees of a GIADA member dealership and
    active Associate Members* who are citizens of the United States and who are employed as of the date of
    verification. If the employee becomes disabled, retires or dies during the application process, the child, stepchild or
    grandchild is still eligible
    *Associate Members are those companies other than car dealers, who serve the Georgia car dealers. They
    must operate as a Georgia company, server Georgia car dealers and be in good standing with GIADA.
  • Be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full-time
    undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical
    school in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $4,000 award. Up to three (3) awards will be granted each year.
Awards are one time only. Past recipients may not reapply.
Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Interested students must complete the application and mail it along with a current, complete transcript of grades to Scholarship America postmarked no later than May 1. Grade reports are not acceptable. Unofficial transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken. Applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their application. If an acknowledgment email is not received within three weeks, applicants may call Scholarship America to verify that the
application has been received.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the
information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be
evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship America.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in
school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or
family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of
GIADA play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Applicants will be notified in late May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may
reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of GIADA. Payments are made in one
installment on August 1. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable to the school for
the student.

Recipients have no obligation to GIADA. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship America of
any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when

GIADA reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at
any time, including termination of the program.

Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to:
The GIADA Scholarship Program
Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Telephone: (507) 931-1682

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