Gateway Bronco has introduced the Gateway Bronco “Innovators” scholarship that recognizes and rewards aspiring automotive restoration and repair leaders with scholarships and internships for students at two automotive technology schools, the builder announced.
Gateway Bronco CEO Seth Burgett, along with Aaron Shelby, grandson of auto legend Carroll Shelby and co-President of the Carroll Shelby Foundation, and Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, announced the scholarships and the corresponding internship benefitting the auto restoration program at McPherson College and the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program at Northeast Texas Community College.
“Everyone at Gateway Bronco has a keen appreciation for the fine art of auto repair, restoration and reimagination,” said Burgett. “I started my first business at just 12 years old, an engine repair shop, in our family shed and later paid for college by painting cars. Most of our team at Gateway Bronco have similar stories, which is why we believe so strongly in promoting innovation and education. By working with top automotive tech programs, we hope to inspire and prepare the next generation of young people to push the envelope through meaningful careers in this exciting industry.”
The Gateway Bronco Innovators program will award $5,000 and help offset cost of living expenses for a summer internship at the company’s production facility outside St. Louis. A scholarship will be given every Spring to a student at each school who continues to demonstrate commitment to the profession. The 8-week internship assignments at Gateway Bronco will be aligned with college curriculum. In addition, scholarship recipients can attend marquee automotive events and meet industry stakeholders.
The Carroll Shelby Foundation is a major supporter of the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program at NTCC. The program teaches the operation and repair of the eight Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) areas in the National Technicians Certification Master Technician Program.
“Carroll Shelby strongly believed that learning to repair and restore vehicles was a clear road to a better life for young people,” said John McCullough, vice president for institutional advancement at Northeast Texas Community College. “That is why he was such a strong supporter of the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program through the Carroll Shelby Foundation. I am confident that he would be pleased that others are now joining our efforts to help kids win the race for life. The scholarship will be very helpful to a student and the internship, especially with the opportunity to network with others in the industry, will be extremely valuable. We appreciate Seth Burgett and the Gateway Bronco team for including us in their program.”
The announcement was made at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale by Craig Jackson, a former member of the National Advisory Board for Auto Restoration and McPherson College donor.
The Automotive Restoration Technology Program at McPherson College was established in 1976 through a gift of collectible cars from Gaines H. “Smokey” Billue. In 1997, Jay Leno established two scholarships that provide financial assistance to students interested in studying classic auto restoration. Today, it stands alone as the only school to provide a bachelor’s degree in Restoration Technology.
“Our bachelor’s degree in restoration technology is the only one of its kind in the nation,” said Amanda Gutierrez, vice president for Automotive Restoration at McPherson College. “One of the core aspects is that our students have the opportunity to work with an amazing group of classic cars ranging from vintage Mercedes to Mustangs. Hands-on internships are especially important at McPherson and the Gateway Bronco program opens an entirely new avenue for our students to innovate, learn and refine their skills while earning college credit.”
Gateway Bronco offers reconditioned Ford Broncos and 100 percent reproduction Broncos licensed by Ford Motor Company with contemporary engines, transmission, brakes and suspensions engineered to make the classic SUV perform similar to a modern vehicle. The company also reimagines classic 1967-1972 Ford F-100, F-150 and F-250 trucks; it also accepts select one-off projects.