JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Development Authority
Cars Under the Stars, a vintage automobile show benefiting the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association's scholarship program, will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson, Miss. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under the age of 12. All proceeds from the event will benefit the MAMA Scholarship Fund. Since 2006, the organization has awarded $143,000 in scholarships.
The event, which showcases classic cars from members of Mississippi Classic Cruisers, will cap the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association's 10th anniversary week-long celebration.
MAMA awards annual scholarships to students at Mississippi State University, the University of Mississippi and six community colleges who are pursuing automotive-related fields of study. MAMA has raised approximately $40,000 for scholarships since last year's Cars Under the Stars event.
Tate Maness of Corinth, Miss., an Automotive Technology student at Northeast Mississippi Community College, said the scholarship he received through MAMA has allowed him to concentrate more on his schoolwork. Maness is a sophomore scheduled to graduate from NEMCC this spring.
"I'm a full-time student, but I also work the night shift at the Coca-Cola plant in Corinth," he said. "Having the MAMA scholarship has made a lot of difference for me. It's helped me be able to look at all of the different kinds of work I can pursue as a career."
"Workforce development and training are very important to the growth of the automotive industry in Mississippi," said David Boyer, MAMA president and retired vice president of Nissan Canton. "MAMA scholarships have made – and continue to make – valuable differences in the lives of the students chosen as scholarship recipients. Last year, we were able to expand the number of partner institutions in northeast Mississippi in order to help students in the region learn necessary skills to help ensure a successful career in the automotive industry."