Jaguar Enthusiasts Start Restoration Scholarship at Penn College

Published 10.04.2017

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The Coventry Foundation, an organization of passionate Jaguar collectors, has established a scholarship fund for students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s internationally recognized automotive restoration technology major.

Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, the Coventry Foundation aims to perpetuate the heritage of Jaguar automobiles in North America through an archive of printed material, tools and vintage automobiles; annual scholarships to students; and recognition of accredited restoration programs. Its hope is to assure that a pool of qualified technicians is available to properly service and restore vintage Jaguars far into the future.

Gary Kincel (left), Coventry Foundation president, and Gary Hagopian, a member of the foundation’s board of directors, join Penn College student Luke C. Miller, of Grasonville, Md., the first recipient of the organization’s automotive restoration technology scholarship.The fund, from which awards will be made while building to endowment, gives preference to full-time automotive restoration technology students who have completed their first year of study, who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and who have expressed interest in a restoration career – with particular interest in British cars.

The first recipient, chosen in the Fall 2017 semester, is Luke C. Miller, an automotive restoration technology major from Grasonville, Maryland, described as “an intelligent, motivated, well-spoken young man with interests in art and sailing” who intends to focus on panel-making in his future employment.

“We are grateful for the support of the Coventry Foundation,” said Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “Our partnership will help provide access to a high-quality education in automotive restoration technology for generations to come.”

Penn College’s associate-degree restoration major highlights the techniques and craft sought by discriminating collectors and museums, many of whom have donated vintage vehicles on which future practitioners can hone their skills. A three-credit study abroad option adds to that laboratory experience, exposing students to the service and repair industry in Italy and France.

Those interested in contributing to the Coventry Foundation Scholarship fund or establishing a scholarship may send a donation to the Penn College Foundation, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701; give online; call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272); or contribute directly to the Coventry Foundation.

Students interested in any of the more than 200 scholarships administered by the Penn College Foundation should complete an application.

For more about the automotive restoration technology major in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, call 570-327-4516.

For more about the college, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.