The Piston Foundation awards scholarships to automotive restoration students as part of its mission to support the future of classic car restoration
GREENWICH, Conn. – The Piston Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity launched in January 2021, has awarded 10 Piston Fund scholarships to its first class of 2022-23 Piston Scholars.
The Piston Foundation is a national public charity that was established to provide post-secondary education opportunities and funding for students interested in pursuing a hands-on career in the collector car industry.
“Thanks to generous donations from our donors in the car enthusiast community, these students will be able to pursue their dreams and build careers as classic car technicians and restoration specialists,” said Robert Minnick, Founder and CEO of The Piston Foundation.
“We have worked hard to reach this point after only a year and a half since our launch. Our team is very proud to award our first 10 scholarships. As we continue our mission, we look forward to presenting many more scholarships to the world. ‘coming.
Three of the 10 awards were given in the name of Frank Buonanno, the founder of Black Horse Garage in Bridgeport, Connecticut, under the Frank Buonanno Scholarship Fund, which was established by the Foundation and John Buonanno to honor John’s father. .
The top 10 winners come from across the United States and were selected based on their demonstrated interest in a career in a skilled trade in collector car restoration and related experiences, as communicated in their applications, statements personal and video essays. Their academic records, letters of recommendation and financial need also contributed to the selection.
Each winner will receive up to $5,000 for one academic year. The scholarships are for undergraduate studies only and each scholar can receive a scholarship up to two times.
The scholarship committee responsible for reviewing applications and awarding scholarships is made up of Piston Foundation leaders, select Foundation advisors, and industry partners.
Here is the list of the first 2022-23 recipients of the Piston Fund scholarships:
• Edwin John Buiter, sophomore, McPherson College
• Victoria Bruno, Senior, McPherson College
• Zoe Carmichael, Junior, McPherson College
• Jasper A. Fedders, Junior, McPherson College
• Ethan Bradford Heck, Freshman, Lanier Technical College
• Jacob Koehn, Junior, McPherson College
• Dryden Lee Powell, junior, McPherson College
• Joseph Scheidel, Freshman, McPherson College
• Joshua Jay Warner, Freshman, McPherson College
• Sean Gandy Whetstone, junior, McPherson College
Additional student information can be found at https://pistonfoundation.org/blog/piston-fund-scholarship-recipients-2022/.
About the Piston Foundation: The Piston Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that funds skilled trades education for students and apprentices who wish to pursue a career in classic car restoration and maintenance. Young people are looking for career opportunities and the classic car industry needs their energy, talent and skills.
The Piston Foundation offers technical scholarships for students taking their first steps and vehicle restoration apprenticeships for technicians who are ready to build a career. The Foundation works to help today’s craftsmen pass on their skills to a new generation and help young technicians build rewarding careers in the classic car industry. More information is available at www.pistonfoundation.org.
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