Ten AutoCon Full Ride Scholarships Available Via TrueCar Sponsorship
rs.png?width=300AutoCon 2013 Announces a Special Program Sponsored by
TrueCar to Award Ten "Full Ride Scholarships" for Dealership Managers to
Attend AutoCon 2013*
Automotive Media Partners, LLC is
proud to announce the creation of a "Full Ride Scholarship*" program
sponsored by TrueCar of Santa Monica, California. TrueCars pioneering
sponsorship of this program provides the funds to cover the costs of
transportation to and from Las Vegas, lodging at the Aria Resort and full
AutoCon conference registration.
One of the most surprising aspects of TrueCars sponsorship is that the
company has funded ten (10) AutoCon "Full Ride Scholarships*". Ten
automotive professionals will receive the educational, networking,
inspiration and innovation benefits from attending the 2013 AutoConnections
Conference and Exposition at no out of pocket expense for travel, meals
during the event or conference fees to themselves or their dealerships.
TrueCar AutoCon Scholarship Program is further evidence of the remarkable
transformation that has taken place at TrueCar since the beginning of 2012.
After receiving a remarkable level of criticism within the auto industry
during the second half of 2011, TrueCar has evolved and revised their
automotive purchasing programs for consumers and affiliated corporations to
be far more dealer friendly. TrueCars objectives supported by these
changes have included raising dealer profit margins to levels that provide
more room for dealers to cover facility costs and the staffing levels needed
to properly service new vehicle buyers sent to them by TrueCar.
TrueCar understands and recognizes the need for ongoing training and thought
leadership within the ranks of the retail automotive industry. Their
management team has decided that one of the best ways to demonstrate this
commitment to betterment of the industry is to commit the funds necessary to
support independent dealer focused educational events such as AutoCon 2013.
TrueCar executives Bernie Brenner and Mike Timmons approached the founders
of the Automotive Digital Marketing and dealerElite professional
communities, Ralph Paglia, Chris Saraceno and Mike Myers because these
online networks have served as Ground Zero for some of the industrys
harshest criticism of TrueCar in the recent past. Surprising for a company
as large as TrueCar is, their management team has reviewed the criticism
published by members of the ADM and DealerELITE networks and taken
corrective actions, changed their business models and worked with State
dealer associations to create
cle purchase programs that make sense for participating dealers.
How will the TrueCar AutoCon Scholarships be Awarded?
TrueCar has asked that the AutoConnections Conference Management Team take
full control and responsibility for ensuring that the 10 Full Ride
Scholarships be awarded based on merit and need. Criteria will include a
wide geographic representation by selecting automotive professionals from
every region in North America. Another consideration will be to award
scholarships to professionals who represent a diverse range of vehicle
brands and positions within the dealerships they serve.
Written TrueCar Scholarship Application
The application process will be a simple online application that includes
all the expected contact information, a description of the applicants role
in the dealership where they work and space for them to describe in their
own words why they should be awarded a TrueCar AutoCon Scholarship to attend
the AutoConnections Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas from September
4th to the 6th.
Video TrueCar Scholarship Application
If you are better at explaining your reasons why you should be selected for
a scholarship in a verbal manner, the AutoCon 2013 TrueCar scholarship
committee will also be pleased to accept your proposal in a video format.
Simply explain why you should be selected in a YouTube video that is either
uploaded or embedded to either
dealerELITE.net . Please be sure to include the link to that video in your
scholarship application where you write out your explanation of why YOU
should be selected to receive a "Full Ride Scholarship".
The AutoCon Scholarship Selection Committee is comprised of Ralph Paglia,
Chris Saraceno, Mike Myers, Carrie Hemphill and Brian Pasch. As applicants
are being considered they will be contacted by a committee member and
interviewed via phone and email. Final selections will be made by committee
vote and the awardees notified by email and phone.
AutoCon 2013 Scholarship Selection Committe
§ Ralph Paglia
§ Chris Saraceno
§ Mike Myers
§ Carrie Hemphill
§ Brian Pasch
Applications for TrueCar AutoCon Scholarships will be accepted starting
Monday July 1, 2013 and award selections will begin Monday August 5, 2013.
0.gif?width=160With 10 TrueCar AutoCon Scholarships being awarded, the odds
of being selected are probably better than any other similar program in the
So, do not hesitate to apply and encourage other automotive
professionals to do so! All of us who are stakeholders in the AutoCon event
are thrilled with the investment being made by TrueCar to support what we
believe is the best event in the auto industry. The TrueCar sponsorship of
AutoCon 2013 and the Full Ride Scholarship Program is appreciated and
In the past, TrueCar was a company that received an enormous amount of
criticism, much of which has been emotionally charged and at times, crossed
the boundaries of decency and professional behavior. Many other companies
faced with similar criticism and public ridicule would have released a
barrage of legal actions to defend themselves. TrueCar has consistently
taken the high road and responded to their critics with program changes and
by sending their senior executives to major auto industry events and
The TrueCar sponsorship of AutoCon is further proof that this company is led
by professionals who want to be valuable contributors to the overall success
of the auto industry.
On behalf of the AutoCon team and the 10 auto industry professionals who
will receive the benefit of these scholarship awards, a sincere thank you to
TrueCar is extended.
Apply for a TrueCar AutoCon Scholarship online at:
*PLEASE NOTE: "Full Ride Scholarship" is the brand name for this category of
award and is owned by Automotive Media Partners, LLC. All "Full Ride
Scholarships" associated with an AMP promoted event with include a travel
stipend that reimburses the scholarship recipient for airfare expense
submitted up to a maximum dollar amount. Recipients will also receive
lodging for the nights of the conference itself. Any room charges authorized
by the scholarship recipient, or incidental expenses are the responsibility
of the scholarship recipient. Also included are the conference fees for
registering and attending the event, which will usually include scheduled
breakfasts and lunches that all event participants receive. It is important
for scholarship recipients to understand that ANY expenses outside of
airfare to and from the event, hotel lodging and conference registration
fees are NOT INCLUDED in our version of a "Full Ride Scholarship".
Furthermore, we strongly advise all scholarship recipients to travel with a
valid major credit card and two forms of government issued ID. Adequate cash
should be brought by scholarship recipients to cover meals outside of those
scheduled on the conference agenda, local transportation and miscellaneous
expenses... After all, you will be in Las Vegas and "Cash-In-Fist" is
§ Join ADM Professional Community:
§ Join the DealerELITE network:
A Screen Capture of the
TrueCar AutoCon 2013 "Full Ride Scholarship"
Application is shown below... Click on the image to open up the actual form
in a new browser window:
Ralph Paglia | President
Automotive Media Partners, LLC