Collectors Foundation: Fueling Education

November 17, 2011

The Collectors Foundation announces the latest round of scholarship and grant recipients.  Check out the names of the award winners and find out how you can apply.  The next deadline for applications is January 1, 2012.   

On November 10th and 11th the Collectors Foundation Board of Directors met in Chicago to select the latest round of grant and scholarship recipients for the final quarter of 2011.  

Since 2005 the Collectors Foundation has awarded over $2,000,000 to help support young students of various education organizations and technical college programs that focus on projects related to historic vehicle and boat preservation.  The list of worthy applicants grows with every application deadline making the selection process—conducted four times annually—tougher and more competitive every year.

The 2011 final quarter recipients are:

  • McPherson College (McPherson, KS).  An academic partnership with other vehicle technology programs has formed with the assistance of the Collectors Foundation and a $5,000 scholarship has been awarded for 10 scholarships at these institutions for teachers to participate in the Auto Restoration Institute at McPherson College.
  • Discovery World and Bradley Trade and Technical High School (Milwaukee, WI).  Awarded $10,000 grant for the Schooner Boatworks program serving 20 students with the opportunity for hands on, experiential learning for the skills and art of building, restoring and maintaining wooden vessels, including a re-creation of a 19th century Great Lakes Cargo Schooner.
  • Mabank High School (Mabank, TX).  Received a $7,500 grant for the school’s  Career and Technical Automotive Program to expand course offerings into restoration technology.
  • House of Hope, dba Abba’s House (Traverse City, MI).  Awarded a $15,000 towards a matching grant for their fully integrated mechanical and automotive restoration program.
  • Northwest Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum (Brooks, OR).  Received a $5,000 grant to continue successful partnership, mentoring at-risk students within the Salem/Keizer School District to build a Model T Speedster vehicle annually.
  • Vancouver Community College Foundation and the NASKARZ Program (Vancouver, BC).  Collectors Foundation awarded a $10,000 matching challenge grant to support the NASKARZ program which engages high-risk teenagers to work alongside their peers, college instructors, car enthusiasts, police officers to complete automotive projects and gain critical life and career skills.

If you’re a teacher or part of an organization that’s inspiring innovation and preservation of historic boats and vehicles through a unique education initiative for young people, the Collectors Foundation would like to hear from you.  The Foundation has set up a new Facebook page to keep individuals and donors up-to-date on all news, video reports, and application deadline information.

Click here to check it out and, while you’re there, click the “like” button and invite your friends to do the same.  If you’re interested in applying for a Collectors Foundation scholarship or grant, remember that the board meets quarterly and grant requests are due January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1. For more information, visit