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Outstanding senior at Northwood a CATA scholarship winner

November 17, 2010

A May graduate of Northwood University who attended the school with the help of a CATA scholarship for three years won an inaugural award bestowed to students in Northwood’s Automotive Marketing undergraduate degree program.

Eric Nelson was named the top performing graduate at Northwood’s Midland, Mich., campus, where he earned a degree in Automotive Marketing, combined with Business Management, Banking and Finance. The award also was bestowed to the top graduates at Northwood’s other campuses, in Florida and Texas.

Each recipient of the Automotive Marketing Excellence Award "demonstrated outstanding academic achievement at Northwood and extraordinary promise for the automotive industry. It is gratifying to recognize their accomplishment with these awards," said Dr. Timothy Nash, vice president of Graduate and Specialty Programs at Northwood.

Nelson last month opened a start-up used-car store just north of O’Hare International Airport. He performs much of the work and employs an old friend to conduct sales and advertising, a high school student porter, and a cleaning service to keep the cars shining.

The CATA scholarship money he received was "a huge help," Nelson said.

Northwood University offers one of the few four-year degree programs focused on preparing students for the automotive marketplace.

High school upperclassmen whose parents or legal guardians work at a CATA-member dealership, or dealership employees considering a Northwood degree, are eligible to compete for a scholastic scholarship of $6,500 a year for four years at Northwood University.

For scholarship consideration, applicants must have a high school grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Continued eligibility is subject to maintaining a 2.5 GPA at Northwood.

For more information on the scholarship, call the CATA’s Dave Sloan at 630-424-6055.