McPherson College has created an endowed scholarship fund for students pursuing a degree in automotive restoration thanks to a $1 million donation from the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation, the school announced.
The Rob Walton Scholarship Fund will focus on attracting and retaining students in the college’s automotive restoration program.
The $1 million gift from the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation will be supplemented by the two-for-one donor match announced by the college in November, resulting in $3 million for the McPherson College endowment, the school said.
“This grant helps us fulfill our mission of being the center of excellence for students serious about automotive restoration,” said McPherson College President Michael Schneider. “Students completing their degree from our program are the skilled craftsmen, technicians, historians, curators, managers, marketing and communication persons, and leaders necessary to preserve the classic car industry.”
“Driving and collecting vintage automobiles is a personal passion,” said Rob Walton. “We’re pleased to contribute to educating the next generation of car restorers and making college more affordable for McPherson students.”
The McPherson College automotive restoration program combines a liberal arts approach with hands-on craftsmanship that prepares students to be successful in a broad range of careers in the automotive industry, program representatives said. Current students are restoring a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet that will be entered in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2023.