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Creating More Collector Car Technicians

We’re helping young car enthusiasts turn their interest into careers.

The shortage of qualified technicians 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 hands-on training 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 Apprenticeship 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.


Turn your collector car into scholarships.

From the Piston Blog

Join Us

Make a Donation

Give to what you love by making a gift that helps the next generation access the education and training they need to begin a career as a classic car technician.

Sponsor a Scholar

Piston Foundation scholarships are awarded to aspiring technicians to help them begin an auto restoration career. Give to the car culture you love.

Donate a Car

Turn your collector car into education and hands-on training for aspiring collector car  technicians. Your car can change lives. 100% goes to our scholarship program.

Community Partners

Financial Transparency

We are proud to have received a Platinum Transparency seal from Candid in our third year of operations. We embrace our responsibility to steward the gifts of our donors for the greatest possible impact.

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