posted Jul 06, 2007 in ACADEMICS
Since 1997, when Tonight Show host Jay Leno learned about the auto restoration program at McPherson College, he and Popular Mechanics have collaborated to offer a “nearly full-ride” scholarship each year. McPherson College is pleased to announce that Jack Roberts of Overland Park, Kansas is the recipient of the Jay Leno/Popular Mechanics Scholarship for the 2007-2008 school year.
“This scholarship has granted me an opportunity for schooling that otherwise would have been very difficult,” says Roberts. “I am extremely grateful and excited.” Roberts was selected from a pool of students completing their second year in the Auto Restoration Program at McPherson College. He is working toward his four-year degree in Auto Restoration Technology. Garrick Green, assistant professor of technology, states, “We selected Jack for the Jay Leno/Popular Mechanics Scholarship for several reasons: he is a good craftsman, does well on all of his assignments, learns new skills and information quickly and has nearly perfect attendance. Roberts has an outstanding blend of academic and mechanical ability. He is also a confident and organized individual. These are traits that any employer would like to see in an employee and we try to award this scholarship to a student that we believe will become a successful restorer.”
McPherson College is the only accredited four-year college offering an automotive restoration program in the world. Students can earn a degree in Historic Automotive Technology, Automotive Restoration Management, Automotive Communications, Automotive Restoration Design and Automotive Restoration Technology. Students completing one of these degrees have been recruited for employment by top-notch restoration facilities and automotive museums. Many graduates choose to open their own restoration businesses.