The Pulaski Technical College Foundation announced today that it will receive $200,000 to endow a new scholarship for students pursuing careers in automotive technology.
Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts and the Crow-Burlingame Company are donating $100,000 to endow the scholarship, and the college will receive another $100,000 in matching funds through a U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Title III grant, for a total of $200,000.
The gift was given in celebration of Little Rock-based Crow-Burlingame's 90th anniversary in the automotive parts industry.
"We started collecting money last year from vendors that supply us our auto parts," said Thomas Martin, regional manager of Crow-Burlingame's Northern Division. "It was our decision to match contributed money and use it to help our community. We want it to be a continuing investment to education in our community that will live on for many years to come."
Contributing vendors include ACDelco, Moog Chassis Parts, Standard Ignition Parts, Quality Built Starters and Alternators, WIX Filter Co., Gates Rubber Co., Continental Batteries, Alliance Parts Warehouse, NGK Spark Plugs, DuPont Paint, PPG Paint and Castrol Oil Co.
The gift was announced Monday at a news conference at Pulaski Technical College Little Rock-South, which houses the Transportation Technology Center where more than 200 students are enrolled in transportation technology-related programs.
The new scholarship will be awarded to a second-year student who shows commitment to completing certification in a transportation technology-related program and a desire to have a career in the automotive repair profession.