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Awards and Scholarships

Auto Care Association members represent the best of the auto care industry, and the association takes pride in recognizing its dynamic members' valuable contributions to keeping the industry on the road. From educators to innovators, rookies to veterans, the Auto Care Association presents a variety of awards each year to honor the standout people and businesses that are the best of the best.

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  • Auto Care Education (ACE) Award

    Recognizes industry companies truly dedicated to investing in the growth of their employees’ knowledge and skills, offering professional development and career opportunities.

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  • Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award

    Given annually to the individual that best advances the concepts and programs for education or continuing education in the North American auto care industry.

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  • Woman in Auto Care Awards

    Women in Auto Care annually honors deserving women in the industry with three Women in Auto Care Awards: Auto Care Woman of the Year, Female Shop Owner of the Year and Auto Care Woman of Excellence. Award recipients are recognized at the Women in Auto Care press conference and reception during AAPEX in Las Vegas.

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Leadership and Influence Awards

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  • Outstanding Leadership Award in Honor of Jack Creamer

    This annual award recognizes an individual, employed in the aftermarket, who over the past several years has made a unique and monumental contribution to the industry and/or the association. This award is perceived as the industry's highest honor/recognition.

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  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Honor of Martin Fromm

    This very selective award recognizes individuals who have, over the course of a career spanning many years, distinguished themselves through their integrity, unselfish commitment to, and high level of performance within the motor vehicle aftermarket industry.

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  • Woman in Auto Care Awards

    Women in Auto Care annually honors deserving women in the industry with three Women in Auto Care Awards: Auto Care Woman of the Year, Female Shop Owner of the Year and Auto Care Woman of Excellence. Award recipients are recognized at the Women in Auto Care press conference and reception during AAPEX in Las Vegas.

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  • Impact Award

    The Auto Care Association Impact Award: Four for the Future, recognizes four people under the age of 40 who have made remarkable contributions within the auto care industry. Managed in partnership with YANG.

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  • Pursuit of Excellence Award

    Recognizing Special Achievement Presented exclusively to AWDA member companies or employees of those member companies in the auto care industry, in recognition of excellence in business performance and the setting of high standards as an example for others to follow.

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  • Hall of Fame

    Intended to honor outstanding individuals in the import automotive industry whose creativity, dignity, integrity, industriousness and accomplishments have enhanced the stature of, and significantly contributed to, the import industry segment and its overall growth and progress.

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  • Lifetime Industry Achievement Award

    Honors individuals whose outstanding performance, integrity, dignity and conscientious approach to business affairs are demonstrated as a matter of routine.

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  • Person of the Year

    Honors an individual for his or her outstanding contributions to the industry and to the Import Vehicle Community during the past 12-month period preceding the selection of the current years award recipient.

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  • Young Executive of the Year Award

    Honors an individual for his or her outstanding contributions to the industry and to the Import Vehicle Community during the past 12-month period preceding the selection of the current years award recipient.

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Communication and Marketing Awards

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  • Automotive Communications Awards

    Recognizes companies and agencies that provide automotive information through outstanding advertising, marketing and public relations efforts. Award recipients are recognized at the Women in Auto Care press conference and reception during AAPEX in Las Vegas. Click "learn more" to view eligibility and criteria.

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  • Import Product and Marketing Awards

    The Import Product and Marketing Awards recognizes innovative products and marketing programs designed to serve the import aftermarket. The program features ten categories and is an opportunity for all AAPEX exhibitors to gain visibility and recognition of product and marketing concepts for import nameplate vehicles.

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Education Awards

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  • Art Fisher Award for Excellence in Education

    Recognizes a company or individual for their leadership and commitment to education and training, either within their own organization or throughout the industry. Winners are drawn from traditional industry participants including jobbers, distributors, repair shops or manufacturers.

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  • Auto Care Career and Education (ACE) Award

    Recognizes industry companies truly dedicated to investing in the growth of their employees’ knowledge and skills, offering professional development and career opportunities.

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  • Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award

    Given annually to the individual that best advances the concepts and programs for education or continuing education in the North American auto care industry.

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Product and Technology Awards

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  • Import Product and Marketing Awards

    The Import Product and Marketing Awards recognizes innovative products and marketing programs designed to serve the import aftermarket. The program features various categories and is an opportunity for all AAPEX exhibitors to gain visibility and recognition of product and marketing concepts for import nameplate cars or trucks.

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  • Content Excellence Awards

    The ACPN Content Excellence Awards recognize best in class examples of data standards (ACES and PIES) use and compliance as well as electronic cataloging in B2C and B2B platforms in the Automotive Aftermarket. Each year winners are recognized at the annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference. ACPN offers four award categories.

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Scholarships and other opportunities


leadership 2.0 scholarship

One deserving YANG member will earn a scholarship to attend the highly-acclaimed University of the Aftermarket's Leadership 2.0 Program.

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Next Step Program

The Next Step Program offers young industry professionals the unique opportunity to develop lasting involvement in the auto care industry and trade association by experiencing and participating in Auto Care Association’s Spring Leadership Days.

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World Class Technician

The Auto Care Association and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) work together to recognize professional technicians who have tested and obtained ASE certification in 22 specialty areas.

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ACPN scholarship

The mission of the Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN) is to educate, inspire and connect industry professionals who specialize in the management of automotive product related content. The ACPN Scholarship awards one (1) deserving individual, who has the passion and determination to pursue professional and personal growth, the opportunity to attend the 2023 ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference, which is the largest gathering of content professionals and service providers in the aftermarket.

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Women in Auto Care Scholarships

Each year, Women in Auto Care grants thousands of dollars in scholarships and toolsets with their partners to deserving women pursuing careers in the auto care industry.

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