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GM Women’s Retail Network Doles Out More Scholarships

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General Motors today announced that the GM Women’s Retail Network has expanded this year to include Canada. This year, the network awarded a total of nine scholarships totaling $24,000, to women pursuing careers in automotive retailing.

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Pictured is Randigale Smith, one scholarship recipient courtesy of GM Women’s Retail Network. ©GM

This is a record number of scholarships from the GM Women’s Retail Network. In fact, the number went up 30 percent, with a 40 percent increase in financial contribution compared to 2013.

Since 2011, GM and its dealers, as well as its generous partners, have awarded almost $75,000 to deserving women looking to start careers in automotive retailing. These careers include positions in sales, marketing, management, and other technical fields.

Recipients of the 2014 scholarships include the following hard-working women:

  • Alexandra Morse of Orillia, Ontario, Canada
  • Bethany Toups of Rochester, New York
  • Christina Salmon of Midland, Michigan
  • Laura Sandall of Princeville, Illinois
  • Lisa Bodamer of Eagle River, Wisconsin
  • Randigale Smith of Dunlap, Illinois
  • Sandra Giron of Downey, California
  • Sara Landry of Bay City, Michigan
  • Sheryl Sickels of Adrian, Missouri

Among the winners are mothers, dealership employees, and a military veteran. Some are even repeat winners.

“This effort has expanded and become more inclusive,” said Celeste Briggs, director of the GM Women’s Retail Network. “Women with various experiences and interests are welcome. Our candidates reflect the diversity of our female customers, which is a key to the program’s success.”