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JOHN WEINBERGER

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.

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WHAT

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 for all automotive categories open each Spring.  Monthly tech scholarships are available year-round. See Below on How to Apply. 

Beyond scholarships, Driven to Care offers student experiences including behind the scene tours at racetracks, car auctions, and with industry leaders. 

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WHO

Who is this scholarship for?

  • Illinois & Texas: Students pursuing a career as an automotive technician and enrolled at an in-state college/postsecondary tech school that offers automotive technical training.

  • Illinois & Texas: Scholarship awarded to a woman to attend any automotive program nationwide. 

  •  Illinois: Students involved in the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) who attend either Northern Illinois University or the University of Illinois-Chicago -OR- students enrolled in Southern Illinois University pursuing studies in the School of Engineering focused on the automotive industry. 

  •  Texas: Students involved in the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) who attend University of Texas at Austin pursuing studies in the School of Engineering focused on the automotive industry. 

  •  Illinois & Texas: Students attending any vintage/restoration program in the U.S. (such as a McPherson or Penn Tech), -OR- students from Illinois & Texas enrolled in a post-secondary program with the goal of pursuing a vintage/restoration career. 

  • Illinois: Lyons Township High School automotive students enrolled in a postsecondary school to pursue a career in the automotive industry.

  • Illinois & Texas: Students attending Northwood University, pursuing skills in car dealership management, marketing, and communications.

  • Colorado: A student either attending a tech school in Colorado or being from Colorado and going to a tech school in the U.S. with a passion for restoration/vintage automobiles. The awardee will also receive an apprenticeship with the Colorado Grand during their annual September Vintage Car Rally. 

  • Texas: Driven to Care SC Foundation Scholarships (Santander): Students pursing a automotive technician or vintage car restoration/preservation career.  

  • Illinois, Texas, Indiana & Ohio: A student enrolled in a motorsports technician program, a motorsports engineering program or a program that is specific engine block machining.

  • Illinois & Texas: Additional monthly scholarships offered to automotive technician students.

HOW TO APPLY

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.

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AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

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. 

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VINTAGE AUTOMOTIVE RESTORATION

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.

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AUTOMOTIVE DEALERSHIP MANAGEMENT, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

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.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN

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.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Driven to Care and TechForce student experience at Autobahn Country Club

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

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DONATE TO DRIVEN TO CARE

The Driven to Care Legacy Scholarships and Student Experiences support students attending schools who share an enthusiasm for the automotive field. Donate today below via PayPal using a credit card, debit card or bank account and help fund scholarships/experiences for the future of the automotive industry.

To become a Legacy Challenge donor, visit this link.

JOHN WEINBERGER

“Measure success in smiles.”

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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.

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SPONSORS 

THE FOOTPRINTS FOUNDATION

The Footprint Foundations started in 2008, by John and Lisa Weinberger with a sale of a special vintage car. Since inception other car proceeds from their collection have contributed to their Driven to Care program. 

We greatly appreciate our partnership with TechForce Foundation who administers our automotive scholarships.

RAHAL FAMILY

From 1950s to present day, 3 generations of Rahals have been involved in motorsports. Starting with Mike Rahal who passed his love for racing onto his son Bobby who then continued to pass the family passion of racing on to his son, Graham. Career highlights include Bobby Rahal, winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1986 as a driver and in 2004 as a team owner. Today Graham races in the Indy Series. 

BILL AND TIFFANY HAYES

Bill is a member of the Driven to Care selection committee for Texas students pursuing a career in automotive. Together Bill & Tiffany enjoy the world of cars - everything from rusty ones in the field to exoctic ones on the showroom floor.

SUPPORTERS

AUTOBAHN COUNTRY CLUB

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS

ROAD AMERICA

SPORTS VINTAGE RACING ASSOCATION 

VINTAGE SPORTS CAR DRIVERS ASSOCATION

TEAM STRADALE

ESSES RACING

GAVI PRODUCTS

THE FINISH LINE 

CONTINENTAL AUTOSPORTS

FERRARI OF AUSTIN

ROGER BEASLEY MAZDA

LES "THE MAYOR" KISER

LESS EQUALS MORE 

MANNY & SONS LANDSCAPING

PRECSION AUTO BODY

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IN MEMORIAM AWARDS

Awards have been established to honor fellow car enthusiasts who have passed on and left a legacy that had an major impact on the automotive industry.

DALE SCHNEIDER

Dale was a master technician at Continental Autosports for over 43 years. He was creative and always willing to help, and never turned down a job or task, He would figure out a way to make it work.

TOM CAULFIELD

He had a lifelong passion for Ferrari's, from the engineering to maintaining and reviving the cars himself.  Automobiles were more than ownership, it was about being a steward of the Ferrari cars.

CRISTIANO
BIMBI

Cris was an avid automobile and motorcycle enthusiast and loved every minute that he spent riding variety of motorcycles. "What's one more bike?" 

MARK
NARVAEZ

Mark was very passionate about cars from a young age, influenced by his grandpa Cowger's career in the automotive industry. His dream was to become a car designer for a major automobile manufacturer. Mark belonged to car clubs in Dallas and Austin and had many friends that worked together on modifying their sport cars. 

RAJ
MOONESINGHE

From his modified Subaru WRX to his track- ready M3, Raj loved cars that were built to be driven. He took his dad to every F1 race and such was his passion for beautiful cars and supporting young people, he helped an 18 year old friend start a car detailing business that is now a thriving company. 

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