PIADA Scholarship Program

The Pennsylvania Independent Automobile Dealers Association (PIADA) has established a scholarship program to assist employees and their 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 Management Services®, a division of Scholarship America®. Scholarship Management Services 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.

Applicants to the Pennsylvania Independent Automobile Dealers Association Scholarship Program must be -

• Children, stepchildren or grandchildren of owners, officers, or employees (employed as of the date of notification) of PIADA member dealerships who are citizens of the United States and who are the following; 

• 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 for the entire upcoming academic year.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,000 award. Up to three (3) awards will be granted each year, provided there are qualified applicants.  Awards will be designated one per region.  If a region does not have a qualified applicant, the award will be designated to another region or reserved for the next year. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are not to exceed the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies.

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 Management Services postmarked no later than March 15. Grade reports are not acceptable. Online 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 card is not received within three weeks, applicants may call Scholarship Management Services 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 Management Services.

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. 

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

Scholarship Management Services will process only the first 50 applications received that are postmarked on the application deadline date or earlier.

Applicants will be notified in 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 Management Services processes scholarship payments on behalf of PIADA. Payments are made in equal installments on August 15 and December 30. Checks are mailed to each recipient's home address and are made payable to the school for the student.

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

PIADA 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:

Pennsylvania Independent Automobile Dealers Association Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Telephone: (507) 931-1682