Zeigler Awards $100,000 in Scholarships to Employees & Their Families for the Second Year in a Row

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Zeigler Auto Group today announced that it has chosen eleven recipients to receive its 2020 Zeigler Family Scholarship. This year’s award winners will share a fund totaling $100,000, with two receiving $5,000, and the rest receiving $10,000 each. The scholarship program, now in its second year, is open to all dealer group employees and their families.

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Zeigler Awards $100,000 In Scholarships For Second Year In Row

Our goal at Zeigler has always been to take care of our employees, their families and our communities. It brings me, and I know the rest of our team, great joy to be able to invest in tomorrow's leaders today

Today Zeigler Auto Group announced that it will once again award a total of $100,000 in scholarships through its Zeigler Family Scholarship Program.The scholarship program, now in its second year, is open to employees, their family members and/or dependents.

"Our goal at Zeigler has always been to take care of our employees, their families and our communities. It brings me, and I know the rest of our team, great joy to be able to invest in tomorrow's leaders today," said Aaron Zeigler, president and owner of Zeigler Auto Group.

Recipients were chosen by the Zeigler Family Scholarship committee which took into consideration each applicant's academic and personal accomplishments, extracurricular activities and financial need. The committee decided to award scholarships to eleven students this year; with nine receiving $10,000, and the remaining $10,000 split evenly among two siblings: Kelli and Kevin Jordan.

Zeigler Family Scholarship 2020 Winners:

  • Catherine Austin, 20, University of Wisconsin-Platteville: Agribusiness & Accounting (Jeff Austin, Mercedes-Benz of Hoffman Estates)
  • Denver Borst, 18, Lakeshore High School, Grand Valley State University: Business (Steve Borst, Zeigler Plainwell Ford)
  • Zachary Cardis, 18, Lowell High School, Davenport University: Business, Marketing, Sales (Jason Cardis, Zeigler Ford of Lowell)
  • Kelli Jordan, 19, Lincoln-Way East High School, Juliet Junior College: Psychology (Tom Jordan – BMW Orland Park)
  • Kevin Jordan,17, Lincoln-Way East High School, Ohio State University: Business Administration (Tom Jordan – BMW Orland Park)
  • Camden Kalleward, 20, University of Michigan: Business (Beth Kalleward, Zeigler Auto Group)
  • Bryan O’Connor, 21, Western Michigan University: Biological Sciences (Michelle Hill, Zeigler Ford of Elkhart & Zeigler Motorsports)
  • Konnor McLeod, 19Michigan State University Broad College of Business - Marketing, Sales
  • Andrew Miller, 26, University of Michigan, University of Colorado: Business Masters (Sustainability/Entrepreneurship) (Bruce Miller, Zeigler Auto Group)
  • Amanda Pflaumer, 20, Elmhurst College: Criminal Justice, Pre-Law (Scott Pflaumer, Zeigler Schaumburg CDJ)
  • Michael Shumaker, 18, Gull Lake High School, Grand Valley State University: Computer Science (Jeff Shumaker Zeigler Honda of Kalamazoo)

Awardees are required to attend a 4-year or 2-year university, college or trade school in the fall term following their acceptance of the scholarship. Winners from 2019 have gone on to attend University of Illinois, Michigan State University, Loyola University, Lake Superior University, as well as various trade schools and community colleges.

Aside from this scholarship program, Zeigler also offers employees training through a number of internal programs like its Zeigler University Speaker Series in order to help provide them with a clear path to promotions. In 2019 alone, the dealership group has promoted over 150 employees to new positions, with many staying with the company for a number of years.

Zeigler also announced last month that the dealer group will be covering 100% of their health care costs for the month of May and June for all of its employees who were currently working at the time, or for those who were scheduled to come back to work by May 1, 2020.

Under the new program, Zeigler’s hourly employees would also receive a $10 per hour increase in pay for the next 8 weeks starting May 1, with the average hourly employee rate at around $15 per hour. Additionally, also for the next 8 weeks starting May 1, all flat rate techs throughout the organization will be guaranteed 40 hours per week; and all commissioned sales reps will receive an additional $400 per week.

"I think we have an awesome plan out there. I think what we are doing is absolutely unprecedented, I don't think any other organization has done this but we are in unprecedented times too. And we want to be a leader in the industry moving forward and make sure that all of our employees are taken care of, and that they are happy, safe and healthy," said Zeigler.

ABOUT ZEIGLER AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
Zeigler Automotive Group is one of the largest privately-owned dealer groups in the nation with 75 franchises and 30 locations in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Vehicle brands represented include all of the domestic and the majority of the imported manufacturers.

Founded in 1975, the company ranks among the top 1% of automotive dealers in the U.S., and has earned recognition for its commitment to both customer service and employee satisfaction. Recently, Zeigler Automotive Group was named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation and regularly appears in regional lists for Illinois and Michigan.

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Catherine Austin $10,000 Zeigler Family Scholarship Recipient 2020 - Zeigler Auto Group release by Francis Mariela CommunicationsCatherine Austin, 20, University of Wisconsin-Platteville: Agribusiness & Accounting (Jeff Austin, MB of Hoffman Estates)"I am happy to receive this scholarship because it will cover most of my tuition. This will relieve a great amount of my financial stress and allow me to concentrate on my academics."Denver Borst, $10,000 Zeigler Family Scholarship Recipient 2020 - Zeigler Auto Group release by Francis Mariela CommunicationsDenver Borst, 18, Lakeshore High School, Grand Valley State University: Business (Steve Borst, Zeigler Plainwell Ford)"I am extremely happy to receive the scholarship; it gave me a huge financial relief. I plan to use it to pay for my tuition my freshman year. Thank you so much!"Zachary Cardis $10,000 Zeigler Family Scholarship Recipient 2020 - Zeigler Auto Group release by Francis Mariela CommunicationsZachary Cardis, 18 (May 28), Lowell High School, Davenport University: Business, Marketing & Sales (Jason Cardis, Zeigler Ford of Lowell)"I am extremely excited & humbled to have received this scholarship from Zeigler! I will be attending Davenport University this fall to pursue my dreams of studying business. It helps tremendously & makes it a smooth transition for me & my family."Kelli Jordan, $5,000 Zeigler Family Scholarship Recipient 2020 - Zeigler Auto Group release by Francis Mariela CommunicationsKelli Jordan, 19, Lincoln-Way East High School, Juliet Junior College: Psychology (Tom Jordan – BMW Orland Park)"I am grateful to have received this scholarship because it will help out with my tuition cost and pay for textbooks."Kevin Jordan $5,000 Zeigler Family Scholarship Recipient 2020 - Zeigler Auto Group release by Francis Mariela CommunicationsKevin Jordan,17, Lincoln-Way East High School, Ohio State University: Business Administration (Tom Jordan – BMW Orland Park)"I am very honored and blessed to receive this scholarship as it will help tremendously with paying to further my education at The Ohio State University!"Camden Kalleward, $10,000 Zeigler Family Scholarship Recipient 2020 - Zeigler Auto Group release by Francis Mariela CommunicationsCamden Kalleward, 20, University of Michigan: Business (Beth Kalleward, Zeigler Auto Group)"This scholarship helps relieve the financial burden on my family, who have supported me throughout my education."Bryan O’Connor, $10,000 Zeigler Family Scholarship Recipient 2020 - Zeigler Auto Group release by Francis Mariela CommunicationsBryan O’Connor, 21, Western Michigan University: Biological Sciences (Michelle Hill, Zeigler Ford of Elkhart & Zeigler Motorsports)I've been part of the Zeigler family for several years & recently been added as an employee.This scholarship means a lot to me as I will be able to focus on my rigorous coursework & not have to be as stressed about the finances that come along with it."Konnor McLeod, $10,000 Zeigler Family Scholarship Recipient 2020 - Zeigler Auto Group release by Francis Mariela CommunicationsKonnor McLeod, 19, Michigan State University Broad College of Business - Marketing, Sales"I am beyond excited to receive this scholarship, I plan to use this opportunity to help pay for my education and get me to my next chapter in life. "Andrew Miller, $10,000 Zeigler Family Scholarship Recipient 2020 - Zeigler Auto Group release by Francis Mariela CommunicationsAndrew Miller, 26, University of Michigan, University of Colorado: Business Masters (Sustainability & Entrepreneurship) (Bruce Miller, Zeigler Auto Group)"I was ecstatic to receive this award - which will substantially reduce the debt with which I graduate and give me some of the financial freedom I'll need to kickstart my own business."Amanda Pflaumer, $10,000 Zeigler Family Scholarship Recipient 2020 - Zeigler Auto Group release by Francis Mariela CommunicationsAmanda Pflaumer, 20, Elmhurst College: Criminal Justice, Pre-Law (Scott Pflaumer, Zeigler Schaumburg CDJ)"I am so grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship because my education has always been so important to me and I want to continue to pursue a career as a lawyer. Thanks so much!"Michael Shumaker $10,000 Zeigler Family Scholarship Recipient 2020 - Zeigler Auto Group release by Francis Mariela CommunicationsMichael Shumaker, 18, Gull Lake High School, Grand Valley State University: Computer Science (Jeff Shumaker Zeigler Honda of Kalamazoo)"I am happy to receive this scholarship because it gives me an amazing opportunity to continue with my schooling. This scholarship will provide immense help in reducing the stress involved in going through the whole process of completing my education."