Women in Automotive Scholarship Places Students One-Step Closer to Career Goals

Keiser University Flagship campus student Dyshaunda (Dee Dee) Harris is now one step closer to realizing her career goals thanks to her Keiser University Women in Automotive Scholarship award. Harris, an Automotive Dealership Management student from Orange Park, Florida would like to eventually create her own brand of vehicles and is excited for the opportunity to focus on the area of study.

“Both leaders and scholars know that uniting people toward a common purpose and goal inspires them to do greater things. It all starts with a vision and priorities or strategies to work towards a mission. This is what Dee Dee is demonstrating as she enters the automotive area of study, and what Keiser University and the Women in Automotive organization are doing as they prepare women for careers in the field. Being able to educate students while also supporting the mission of Women in Automotive is both humbling and inspiring,” said Dr. Martha Rader, Keiser University’s MBA Program Director.

The Automotive Dealership Management curriculum examines various factors influencing the automotive industry such as technological progress, consumer expectations, government regulations, and personal mobility. Students are exposed to the unique challenges facing automotive and vehicle retail distribution systems and graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and techniques to thrive in the new environment.

The diversity of Keiser University’s Flagship campus is inspiring to Harris as well. “As a campus with students from across the globe, I’m thankful to learn about the culture and lifestyle of my new international friends,” said Harris, who is also a Seahawk Basketball player.

Dr. Rader and the Women in Automotive organization designed the Keiser University sponsored Women in Automotive Scholarship to promote and empower females to enter the automotive industry. “Women are the main driver of automotive sales and need to be represented as such in our dealerships. Our program helps develop the necessary skills for these talented women to help lead the change in our business,” said Brian Bastin, Program Director for the Automotive Dealership Management program.

Women in Automotive was founded by six industry female leaders in partnership with JKR Advertising in Orlando, Florida, with the mission of assisting the automotive community in recruiting, retaining, and developing female employees and leaders. The group is particularly interested in empowering and developing women in the automotive industry with the philosophy that strong female leaders benefit the workforce and will help facilitate the training and hiring of more females in dealerships. The scholarship award is presented incrementally to a student over four years.

The Keiser University Automotive Dealership Management concentration is part of the Keiser University Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration degree. The program is offered both in a traditional on-campus and fully online delivery method.


Keiser University Flagship Campus Automotive Dealership Management / Women in Automotive Scholarship
Valued at $20,000

Scholarship Requirements

Keiser University’s Flagship Campus in West Palm Beach is providing a second opportunity for a $20,000 Scholarship ($5000 per year over four years) for the Automotive Dealership Management Program on the Flagship Campus or Online (or any 4-year undergraduate program offered on the Flagship campus). This opportunity is provided through Keiser University Flagship Campus along with a sponsorship partnership with the Women in Automotive Organization. The recipient that earns the awarded scholarship will be announced in conjunction with the Women in Automotive Conference at the upcoming conference in in Orlando, FL. or Palm Springs, CA. 2019 (the awardee does not need to be present). Next deadline: Female applicants have until 12/3/19 to apply.

  • Up to 2 female students will be selected per year
  • Scholarship will be awarded based on selection criteria of the selection committee.
  • Students must enroll full time at the Flagship Campus in the Automotive Dealership Management Program or any undergraduate program offered on campus.
  • Student must meet admission requirements of Keiser University.
  • No cash value
  • Program start date January of 2020 (or Fall Start).

Program Mission

The Mission of the Automotive Dealership Management Program is to provide a quality overall education experience, which provides students with the skills necessary for a successful career in today’s complex and changing automotive and vehicle retail distribution systems.

Program Description

Keiser University’s Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration: Automotive Dealership Management program prepares students with the skills needed to become future industry leaders. The curriculum examines various environmental factors influencing the automotive industry such as technological progress, consumer expectations, government regulation, and personal mobility. Students will be exposed to the unique challenges facing today’s automotive and vehicle retail distribution systems and graduates will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and techniques to thrive in this new environment.

Program Objectives

The overall objective of the program is to provide the student with the highest level of educational value in order to provide the tools necessary for success in today’s automotive dealership and vehicle retailing environment. Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

  • Comprehend and apply current concepts of automotive dealership and vehicle retail management organizations.
  • Comprehend, discuss, and apply regulatory and ethical practices.
  • Enhance research, communication and presentation skills using professional literature.
  • Demonstrate the integration of knowledge and professional skills.

KU Automotive Dealership Management/Women in Automotive Scholarship
Application Process and Selection Criteria

The following is the process to apply and of selecting the scholarship recipient for the above scholarship:

  • The applicant should direct a request and essay for consideration to either to Mr. Brian Bastin at bbastin@keiseruniversity.edu or Dr. Martha Rader at mrader@keiseruniversity.edu The applicant must submit a written essay of approximately 500 words describing his/her accomplishments to date, career aspirations, and what makes him/her a good candidate for this scholarship.
  • The applicant must submit educational transcripts, either from high school or college, prior to being accepted to the university.
  • The applicant must meet the admission requirements of Keiser University.
  • The intent is to provide the applicant $5000 per year ($20,000 over four years).
  • All applicants will be reviewed by the selection committee made up of Automotive Dealership Management faculty to determine eligibility and merit for this scholarship and awarded based on selection criteria of the selection committee.
  • The deadline for submitting applications is December 3, 2019.
  • Recipient must enroll full time at the Flagship Campus in the Automotive Dealership Management Program on Campus or Online or any four-year undergraduate program offered on campus.
  • No cash value.
  • Program start date January 2020 (or Fall Start).