Driven to Care Legacy Scholarship

John Weinberger had a passion for automobiles and a storied career in the automotive industry. His legacy is now continued through his scholarships. Below are four categories of automotive study that were integral in John Weinberger’s life. If you are pursuing a career in one of these fields, please apply for the scholarships below.



What is the Driven to Care Legacy Scholarship program?

The John Weinberger Driven to Care Legacy Scholarships support students attending select schools who share a similar enthusiasm for the automotive field. Scholarship awards range between $1,000 and $10,000. We encourage all applicants to learn about John’s life and career by watching this video. Do you ‘see yourself in John’? Please tell us how on your application!

Annual scholarship applications open each Spring.

Click to fill out form below to sign up for alerts when scholarship opens.

Beyond scholarships, Driven to Care offers opportunities to experience the thrill of racing through racetrack tours and tickets. Sign up for these alerts below.



Who is this scholarship for?

  • SAE-Chicago section automotive students enrolled in the engineering program at the University of Illinois-Chicago or Northern Illinois University 

  • McPherson College students pursuing historic automotive technology

  • Lyons Township High School (Illinois) automotive students enrolled in a post-secondary school to pursue a career in the automotive industry

  • Illinois or Texas students pursuing a career as an automotive technician and enrolled at any in-state college/post-secondary school, such as Universal Technical Institute, that offers an automotive technician training program. 

  • Northwood University students pursuing skills in car dealership management, marketing and communications 



Teaming up with Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE Chicago), we are offering engineering scholarships to Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois - Chicago.  The Society of Automotive Engineers works with students at both of these schools to bring their knowledge from the classroom to the real world of automotive engineering. 



Offering the definitive bachelor’s degree in automotive restoration, McPherson College is the place for serious students to pursue their passion for vintage cars. With access to internships and field experiences around the country, students can explore careers in shops, museum, private collections, and other areas of the automotive world. Students are exposed to all areas of restoration including metal fabrication, engines, trim and upholstery, paint, drive train, and chassis. There are five areas of emphases to choose from: Automotive Restoration Technology, Management, Communications, Design, and History.



Northwood University has shared a unique and long partnership with the members of the National Automobile Dealers Association. To have a successful career in the rapidly changing automotive industry, you need more than the right skill set; you also need the right mindset. Dealerships and automobile companies value employees who think creatively, take calculated risks, adapt to change and uncover new opportunities.

Northwood’s Automotive Marketing and Management major will teach you these skills, in classes led by professors with real-world experience who create environments that mirror the kind our graduates thrive.


Skilled automotive technicians are in high demand, as today's cars are sophisticated computers-on-wheels. Whether you dream of working in a dealership, an independent service shop, or even owning your own shop one day, getting a solid post-secondary technical education accelerates your road to success.

These scholarships support any students from Illinois or Texas enrolled at any in-state college/post-secondary technician training school to learn the core skills needed to become a professional technician.



How to Apply via TechForce

(TechForce administers the application and selection process for the John Weinberger Driven to Care Legacy Scholarship.)

Scholarship opens every Spring

1) Create a profile in jointechforce.org.

2) Select “Scholarships” from the left nav bar. There’s a video and a tip sheet to help you. Pick your school from the drop down list to connect to the application portal. Please choose “other” if you do not see your post-secondary school listed.

3) Complete the general application. Hit Submit.

4) Finally, you must apply specifically to the Accelerate Tuition scholarship opportunity. Hit Submit.

5) If you are selected, you will be notified at the email used to create your profile.

6) Ready? Apply Now to TechForce.



Get a VIP behind-the-scenes tour and free tickets to a race. Experiences will be at Road America (Elkhart Lake, WI), Circuit of the Americas (Austin, TX), or Autobahn Country Club (Joliet, IL).

Registration required to get notification alerts for annual scholarship applications & to be invited to behind-the-scene tours of racetrack operations.

Thank you for registering with our Driven To Care program. You will receive alerts soon!



Rally drive with local Ferrari Club (Midwest) and 4 of the 5 Scholarship winners and former students joining.



“Measure success in smiles.”


1932 - 2020

Click the link below to learn more about the life of John Weinberger

John Weinberger had a passion for automobiles and a storied career in the automotive industry. His legacy is now continued through the Driven to Care Legacy Scholarship program. To learn more about the wonderful life of John Weinberger, please click the link below to see photos, videos, and stories of his life inside and out of the automotive world.