The Piston Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity launched in January 2021, has awarded 10 scholarships to its inaugural class of 2022-’23 Piston Scholars.
A national public charity, the Piston Foundation was created to provide post-secondary educational opportunities and funding to students interested in pursuing hands-on careers in the collector car industry.
“Because of the generous gifts of our donors in the car enthusiast community, these students will be able to pursue their dreams and build careers as collector 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 be awarding our first 10 scholarships. As we continue with our mission, we look forward to presenting many more scholarships in the future.”
Three of the 10 awards were given in the name of Frank Buonanno, the founder of Black Horse Garage in Bridgeport, Connecticut, under the aegis of the Frank Buonanno Scholarship Fund, which was created by the Foundation and John Buonanno to honor John’s father.
The 10 inaugural awardees come from across the U.S. and were selected on the basis of their demonstrated interests in a skilled trade career in collector car restoration and their related experiences, as communicated through their applications, personal statements, and video essays.
Their academic records, letters of recommendation, and financial needs also contributed to the selection.
Each awardee will receive up to $5,000 for an academic year. Awards are for undergraduate study only and each awardee may receive a scholarship up to two times.
The scholarship committee responsible for reviewing applications and awarding scholarships is made up of Piston Foundation leadership, select Foundation advisors, and industry partners.
Congratulations to the inaugural scholarship recipients:
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
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