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The NIADA Foundation promotes the academic growth of youth throughout the United States and awards scholarships annually in June at the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association Convention.

The competition for all students is judged by Northwood University who narrows the field of competitors down to four candidates, representing each of NIADA’s four regions and also selects the National scholarship recipient.

The scholarship recipients' achievements, combined with their leadership and community endeavors are sure to make them an asset to any institution of higher learning.

Regional Scholarships

The NIADA Foundation proudly sponsors four young men or women each year who have displayed outstanding abilities in education. These students will each receive a $3,500 scholarship to the college or university of their choice. The awards are presented each June of every year at the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) Convention.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must

  1. Be classified as a high school senior during the current school year and legally residing in one of the 4 NIADA Regions.
  2. Have maintained an outstanding academic achievement record as reflected by an official high school transcript; and
  3. Demonstrate an aptitude for college work as measured by SAT or ACT score.

             The 2016-2017 School Year Scholarship Application will be available November 1, 2016. 

For additional information, please contact Georgia Brown, 800-682-3837 or

Congratulations to the 2016  Regional Scholarship Recipients!

                              Region I—Brendan Scott Bozyk, Brighton, MI

                    Region II—Tyler Owen Riley, Indialantic, FL

                     Region III—Marci Marie Ricklick, Lakeville, MN

                     Region IV—Mark Charles Beshoar, Montrose, CO

National Industry Sponsored Scholarships

Industry-related scholarships sponsored by companies are coordinated by NIADA Foundation. Currently, one national scholarship, The NIADA/NextGear Capital Scholarship, is offered to a student currently or planning to attend Northwood University’s automotive industry degree program.

Applications may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid at Northwood University, 4000 Whiting Drive, Midland, Michigan 48640 or by (989)-837-4230.


2016 National $10,000 NIADA/NextGear Capital Scholarship

                                          Tori J. Mason, Sophomore from Detroit, MI