The Gettysburg Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America has established a scholarship that will provide annual financial assistance to students in Pennsylvania College of Technology's two-year automotive restoration technology major.
"The Gettysburg Region AACA is very impressed with the program at Penn College, and we are pleased to help willing students achieve their goals," said Robert Shultz, who chaired the organization's scholarship committee.
Launched in the Fall 2012 semester with a handful of students, the degree is a descendant of elective course work on a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible (which won a first-place junior award in regional competition) and a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Esprit for the AACA Museum in Hershey.
Allan L. Maybee, of Camp Hill, owner of a 1978 silver-anniversary Chevrolet Corvette, talks with David J. Alderman, an automotive technology student from Harrisburg, during a recent Penn College visit by members of the Gettysburg Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.
Enrollment has grown to double digits since then, as has the fleet of vintage vehicles on loan to the restoration lab from a variety of museum and industry foundation partners.
Preference for awards from the fund will be given to full-time students who have successfully completed two semesters of study in the automotive restoration technology major and who have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5.
"We appreciate the support for our students in the automotive restoration major from the Gettysburg Region of AACA," said Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations at Penn College. "Scholarship support has a direct impact on the students who are enrolled in the program, and we are grateful for the interest in and support of this exciting new major."
The club's Gettysburg Region encompasses the southcentral area of Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. Its members visited the college's main campus Sept. 20, many of them driving classic cars that they showcased during a lunchtime gathering with students in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.