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Connecting people with rewarding careers

The shortage of qualified mechanics and restoration specialists is the biggest challenge facing the collector car industry. So we are setting out to change this. By making skilled trade education and apprenticeships more accessible for more people, the Piston Foundation aims to help build a new and diverse generation of tradespeople in the collector car industry.

Scholarship and Apprentice Programs

The Piston Fund

Skilled Trade Education Scholarships

The Piston Foundation helps students take their first steps towards a skilled trade career. If you are attending, accepted, or enrolled in a 2- or 4-year automotive technology program and have a strong interest in working with collector cars, a Piston Fund scholarship can help make school more affordable.

The Piston Academy

Apprenticeships in Collector Car Restoration

The Piston Academy helps qualified technicians learn the skills and craft of collector car restoration and service by apprenticing with today’s master craftspeople. The Academy provides apprenticeship placements at leading restoration shops, a hands-on learning plan, mentoring, and a training grant.

Support skilled trade education for future auto restoration technicians.

From the Piston Blog

Financial Transparency

Launched in January of 2021, we are proud to have received a Gold Transparency seal from Guidestar in our first year of operations. Read our 2021 Annual Report and review our 2021 financial reporting.

Join Us

Make a Gift

Supporting the Piston Foundation with a tax deductible donation is the way all of us who share a passion for cars can help build a sustainable future for our car community.

Become a Founder

The Founders Club is a unique opportunity to join fellow car enthusiasts and collectors who are helping us create skilled trade education and career paths in the collector car industry. 

Partner with Us

Join our Partner Program and connect the charitable giving of your business with the grassroots needs of the car community and the next generation of skilled tradespeople.

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