McPherson College Automotive Restoration Program visited with car collectors, restoration specialists and others in the industry at the Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance about their passion for classic cars and the importance of involving the next generation in the endeavor.
Industry leaders like Dano Davis recognize the importance of educating the next generation of automotive leaders by supporting MC students with a $1 million challenge gift. He hopes his gift will motivate others to give to the auto restoration program to support various areas like scholarships, tools and equipment, and student experiences. Any gift designated to support the automotive restoration students will count toward the match.
All of McPherson College students receive some form of financial aid. Gifts to the scholarship fund help students afford to pursue their dreams. Contact Amanda for more information.
Launched by a group of alumni, the Red Wrench Club is an annual giving effort to help provide a variety of tools and equipment for our shops – from engine rebuilding to trim, from chassis to metalshaping. Contact Amanda for more information.
Sponsor an off campus learning experience for students. Includes trips to concours, auctions and other events around the country where students can view the diversity of the car collecting world while learning about networking, resourcing and judging. Recent sponsorships have included travel to Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, Mercedes-Benz StarFest 2012, and the AACA Fall meet. Contact Amanda for more information.
Professional Development Fund
Just as students need opportunities to expand their knowledge, so do our faculty! Perhaps you’d like to sponsor a faculty internship. Faculty can apply for funding for short-term experiences at shops and museums across the country, bringing that knowledge back to the classroom. Faculty member Ed Barr, our sheet metal guru, recently spend a few days in a workshop with legendary metal shaper Fay Butler. Contact Amanda for more information.
Over the last 5 years, an average of 85% of our students have participated in internships at museums, private collections and shops across the United States and in Germany. Students return from these experiences with a perspective that can’t be taught in a classroom. Many graduates look back on these opportunities as life and career-changing times, helping them hone in on the path they want to pursue. If you’re interested in funding or hosting an internship, please contact us.