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.



Naomi Sanders – Scholarship sponsored by Car Doozy/GIADA online store
Naomi Sanders is the daughter of Clete Sanders of I-75 Truck Sales, who have been GIADA members since 2005! Naomi recently graduated in the top 5 percentile of her class as an honor graduate. She was heavily involved in several clubs including Beta, FCA, FBLA, Tri-M Music Honor Society and Thespian Honor Society. She also participated in varsity soccer, cross country, choir and theatre. In the fall, Naomi plans to attend Columbus State University in Columbus, GA to receive a double major in Business Management and Theatre Education.


Sarah Sargent – Scholarship sponsored by KAR Auction Services (ADESA, AFC, Autoniq, IAA, TradeRev)
Sarah Sargent is a recent graduate of White County High School where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Throughout her high school career, she was actively involved in FFA, FBLA, FCA, National Honor Society and Beta Club. The daughter of Jimmy and Susan Sargent, her father is a dealer with Stonegate Auto Sales, GIADA members since 2016. In the fall, Sara plans to attend Lee University in Cleveland, TN to major in Health Science and prepare for her graduate studies in Pediatric Physical Therapy.


Daniel Sutphin – Scholarship sponsored by Cox Automotive (Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, NextGear Capital, Manheim, vAuto)
The son of Christopher and Lillian Sutphin, Daniel majors in Psychology Pre-Med. His father is a dealer with Cobalt Cars, another long-time GIADA member, since 2005. Daniel Sutphin is an upcoming sophomore at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. He’s made the Dean’s List twice at UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in his fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. He also competes in national rowing and has done so for over 5 years.




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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