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Automotive Restoration Students Assisted by RPM Foundation


Two rounds of funding from the RPM Foundation, magnanimously dedicated to cultivating the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation professionals, will assist a number of Pennsylvania College of Technology students with educational and living expenses.

“We are very grateful to the RPM Foundation for their support of our students,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College’s director of corporate relations. “These gifts recognize that the future of automotive restoration lies in the hands of capable women and men who have a reverence for historic vehicles and a passion that will sustain their craft for years to come.”

RPM FoundationOne facet of the foundation’s package provides four scholarships of $5,000 each for students in the college’s two-year automotive restoration technology major.

Three of those awards will be made to full-time students who have completed two semesters, have a financial need and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A fourth scholarship is earmarked for a full-time student entering his or her first semester with proven financial need.

RPM’s second assistance source provides “gap funding” to help students meet their cost of living while fulfilling restoration internships. Seven Penn College students, each receiving up to $1,500 in aid, are benefiting from the foundation’s generosity this summer.

“It is clear that the work Pennsylvania College of Technology is doing to educate and cultivate the next generation of craftsmen and artisans is impacting the collector car industry in meaningful ways,” said Diane Fitzgerald, RPM Foundation president. “We are pleased to collaborate with them in shaping pathways to careers in automotive restoration and preservation and support their students in reaching their career goals.”

RPM Foundation is an educational grant-making program of America’s Automotive Trust. RPM is funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youths and young adults on their pathways to careers in automotive/marine restoration and preservation, along with the long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities.

Those interested in contributing to or establishing a Penn College scholarship may send a donation to the Penn College Foundation, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701; give online or call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272).

For more about Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major, offered through the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, call 570-327-4516.

For more about the college, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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