(From left to right): Kirk Clark (RPM scholar), Renee Crist (America's Car Museum collections manager), Ericka DeBoer (RPM scholar), Manfred Scharmach (BMW Northwest president and CEO). Image Credit: Lori Randall.

RPM Foundation Teams Up with Local Dealer for New Scholarship Program

The RPM Foundation (RPM), a not-for-profit dedicated to the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation craftsmen, and BMW Northwest, a family-owned auto dealership, have finalized a new scholarship program for students at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Washington.

The program will provide financial support for full-time students enrolled in Clover Park’s Automotive Technology Degree or its Restoration and Customization Certificate programs.

The scholarship is available to Washington state residents who meet requirements of enrollment, grade point average and financial need.

“We’ve been impressed with the good work of RPM across the United States and wanted to support their efforts while impacting students local to our dealership network,” said BMW Northwest President and CEO Manfred Scharmach. “We are dedicated to championing young apprentices in the trades needed to preserve our historic vehicles. Scholarship opportunities are vital for the continuity of our heritage and the industry—we are thrilled to be working with RPM in support of our future.”

“Clover Park is one of the few post-secondary schools in the country to offer curriculum that delves into the disciplines of restoration and preservation. We have been a strong supporter of Clover Park restoration students since 2009 through an endowed scholarship that has funded ten students to date, and know the quality of their programs, instructors and students,” said RPM President Diane Fitzgerald.

The BMW Northwest/RPM Foundation Scholarship was announced at Clover Park’s Scholarship Celebration Luncheon, where supporters and donors had a chance to connect with scholarship recipients, faculty and staff.

“We are thrilled to welcome BMW Northwest and RPM Foundation into our family and are grateful for the opportunities they offer our restoration students,” said Tawny Dotson, VP of strategic development at Clover Park. “Cultivating relationships between donors and students is key to our mission, and we’re encouraging all of our 115 exceptional students eligible for the BMW Northwest/RPM Foundation Scholarship to apply.”

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