Gateway Bronco in St. Louise on March 25 introduced the Gateway Bronco Innovators scholarship, recognizing and rewarding aspiring automotive restoration and repair leaders with scholarships and internships for students at two of the most renowned automotive technology schools in the country.
Gateway Bronco CEO Seth Burgett, standing next to Aaron Shelby, grandson of auto legend Carroll Shelby and co-president of the Carroll Shelby Foundation, along with Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, announced the scholarships and corresponding internship benefitting the auto restoration program at McPherson College and the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program at Northeast Texas Community College.
Gateway Bronco has quickly established itself as the leader in the restoration and modification of original Ford Broncos; the company was named by Top Gear as a 2020 Top Restomod and set a world record for the sale of one of its Ford Broncos at the 2019 Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson Auction.
“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 eight-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...