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Auto Restoration Admissions

Do something you can’t do anywhere else: earn your bachelor’s degree in automotive restoration technology.


Tour the auto restoration facilities, see faculty demos, and meet one-on-one with faculty and students in the program. Students are encouraged to visit early in their senior year as enrollment in the Automotive Restoration Technology Program is limited.

Admissions Process

Individuals interested in studying Automotive Restoration Technology must be admitted separately to the program after being admitted to the College. Enrollment in the Automotive Restoration Technology Program is limited to 50 new students including 5 degree-holding transfers. To be admitted into the Automotive Restoration Technology Program, an applicant must:

  1. Apply to McPherson College. Submit the free, online application to McPherson College.
  2. Submit required documents. High school students/first-time freshmen must provide a state-certified high school transcript or GED and corresponding standardized test scores. Transfer students must provide official copies of transcript(s) from all college(s) and an official copy of high school transcripts or a GED certificate. See Admissions Requirements page.
  3. Acceptance to McPherson College. You will be notified if all requirements are met and you are accepted to McPherson College.
  4. Apply for candidacy to the Automotive Restoration Program. Prepare and upload a portfolio, essay and resume to Slideroom.  Please see upload requirements below.
    • Transcripts submitted for acceptance to the college will be considered in the review process. Strong candidates for the AR program will have a 3.0 or higher high school or cumulative transfer GPA.
  5. Interview for Acceptance. After students have submitted their portfolio, an admissions representative will reach out to schedule an interview for acceptance into the program.
    • There will be 2 acceptance dates: Early November and early February. The first round of portfolios must be submitted by October 31st to be included in the first round of acceptances. The second round of portfolios must be submitted by January 31st for the second round of acceptances.
    • Faculty will review portfolios and an admissions representative will contact the ones they would like to move on to the interview portion in early November and again in early February.
    • Please note – it will take approximately one month from the time final portfolios are received, interviews are held, and final candidates are selected before final decisions are released.
  6. Submit Enrollment Deposit. Upon acceptance into the Automotive Restoration Program, students must submit a $250 deposit to reserve their place. The non-refundable deposit will be applied to her/his tuition. Early applications are encouraged because the size of the program is limited. Please do not submit your deposit until you hear about acceptance into the automotive restoration program. Depositing before you have been accepted will not guarantee your spot in the program. 


The Endowed Scholarships listed below have been established through the generosity and desire of our donors to assist future generations of students in attending McPherson College. These gifts fund the existing McPherson College Scholarship and Grant Program. Students must complete the FAFSA to be considered.

Endowed Scholarships

These scholarships are available for students to apply for after their first year within the Automotive Restoration program.

  • FJ Foundation Scholarship – FJ Foundation
  • Franklin Club/David T. Doman Memorial Shcolarship Fund – Joan Doman and H.H. Franklin Club
  • Fred Duesenberg Memorial Scholarship – Jay Leno and Peter Heydon
  • Sharon and David Hewitt Endowed Scholarship
  • Holden Family Memorial Scholarship – The Family of John Holden
  • Jackson Family Memorial Scholarship – Craig Jackson and the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
  • Meguiar Family Endowed Scholarship in Automobile Restoration – Meguiar Car Care Products
  • Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® Scholarship – Pebble Beach Company Foundation and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®
  • Rolls-Royce Foundation Scholarship – Rolls-Royce Foundation

In addition to these outstanding scholarships, McPherson College is pleased to recognize the following donors who provide scholarship funds to assist our students. We are grateful for their generous support of the Automotive Restoration Technology Program.

Annual Scholarships

  • American Bugatti Club
  • Antique Automobile  Club of America
  • Classic Car Club of America
  • The Collectors Foundation
  • Crown Victoria Association of America
  • Gaines Billue Trust
  • Gene F. Vance Memorial Scholarship
  • Horseless Carriage Club of America
  • Jay Leno/Popular Mechanics
  • McPherson Area Cruisers
  • Mercedes-Benz USA
  • Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc.
  • Model-T Ford Club International
  • Pebble Beach Company Foundation Phil Hill Scholarship – Pebble Beach Company Foundation and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®

Outside Organization Scholarships