AFIP awarded Kyle Van Boemel, a Northwood University junior majoring in automotive marketing and management, the Jakob Murray Lange Memorial scholarship for his exemplary work as a dealership intern during the summer of 2018. Shannon Robertson, AFIP’s executive vice president of operations, made the announcement at the annual Northwood University Dealer Education Awards breakfast January 26, 2019 at the NADA Expo in San Francisco.
Van Boemel interned at Kirkwood Audi in Kirkwood, Missouri, and continues to work for the dealership offsite as a brand and marketing specialist. He’s on the Dean’s List at Northwood.
Kyle hails from the small town of Holly, Michigan. He has participated in Northwood University’s International Auto Show, “the largest student-run outdoor auto show in North America,” most recently serving as the team captain of Team Volvo. He also worked as a BMW event specialist in the summer of 2017 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. When he has some down time, he enjoys skiing, working on cars and golf.
AFIP increased the scholarship amount from $1,000 to $1,500 with the 2019 award cycle. In addition to the scholarship funds, Van Boemel will receive a black marble obelisk in recognition of his achievement.
This is the sixth year AFIP has awarded the scholarship, which honors an AFIP staff member, Jakob Murray Lange, who died in a car accident in 2013. A plaque recognizing the scholarship recipients is on display in the NADA building on the Northwood University campus.
According to Dave Robertson, AFIP executive director, “The AFIP scholarship recognizes the value that Northwood interns – and later graduates – bring to dealership operations. They have a well-earned reputation for being able to apply the lessons they learn in the classroom to the real-world challenges they encounter in the dealership.”
The AFIP scholarship recipient is selected each year by a Northwood automotive marketing and management department committee. “Internships have been an important component of our curriculum for many years,” said Elgie Bright, department chair. “The dealership experience has proven invaluable to student success as they move from the classroom to the showroom. The AFIP scholarship raises the prestige of the experience and helps boost interest in internship opportunities.”
From AFIP News, April 2019