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ASCCA launches scholarship in honor of recently passed Dick DeLoach

ASC Educational Foundation seeks donations to fund new scholarship for California students to advance automotive careers

Sacramento, Calif.—In tribute to Dick DeLoach, 76, who died last month in Southern California from Covid-19, the Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) and its ASC Educational Foundation (ASCEF) have launched a scholarship in his name.

The Dick DeLoach Memorial Fund will be awarded to California high school seniors who plan to enroll in post high school technical and academic training, and California college under-graduates in the automotive service field.

“I’m proud to have a scholarship that will not only honor his commitment, but also continue to support young professionals through this fund.”

— John Eppstein, ASCEF

DeLoach had been a trustee of the ASCEF and he spent a long career writing about the automotive aftermarket, including numerous ASCCA member shop business profile features and ASCCA event coverage. More than that, DeLoach became part of the fabric of the association and was one of its prominent cheerleaders.

“Dick was a leader in the automotive community and an integral part of the ASCEF Board of Trustees — he will be missed,” said Chair of ASCEF John Eppstein. “I’m proud to have a scholarship that will not only honor his commitment, but also continue to support young professionals through this fund.”

ASCEF’s goal is to reach 10,500 to fund the scholarship by Dec. 31. At $10,500, ASCEF will be able to award a $500 scholarship every year. All donations are tax deductible.

Checks should be made mailed to:

ASC Educational Foundation

1 Capitol Mall, Suite 800

Sacramento, CA 95814

Publisher’s Note: I was managing editor of Parts & People and worked with DeLoach for a decade. Dick had a knack for finding good stories — not only about the industry — but the people behind it who made it tick. He was rooted in the aftermarket and he gave back, most notably with ASCCA and ASCEF. Dick was a pro’s pro and he would be honored to know of ASCEF’s fund in his name.

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