Scholarships for Deserving Students

Human hands holding together.Since 1987, the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association has provided more than $1.4 million in scholarship funds to more than 120 Northwood University minority students. These annual donations are made via three endowed scholarships.

The Jesse Jones Jr. Scholarship is named after CMDA’s founder. The Jack J. Hart Memorial and Cecil Ward Scholarship is named in honor of a mentor and coach to several current and former CMDA dealers and the Director of the Minority Dealer Development Program who helped establish the scholarship programs at Northwood. Our third endowed scholarship is the Joseph P. Shady Scholarship, which was named in honor of the former Chrysler Vice President of Dealer Operations who supported the development of Chrysler’s minority dealer program.

Duquesne University Scholarships

In 1998, the CMDA also established a $1 million endowed scholarship at Duquesne University to fund the E. Thomas Pappert/CMDA Endowed Fund. That fund has awarded scholarships to more than 44 minority students since its inception. The Fund is named in honor of E. Thomas Pappert, the former Chrysler Senior Vice President of Sales and Service who was the architect of the Chrysler Minority Retail Dealer Development program and an outstanding humanitarian.