Gateway Bronco has been building, selling, and sometimes giving away some of the coolest Ford Bronco and Ford truck restomods on the planet for several years now. The company has also been at work adding top talent like Ford GT chief designer Camillo Pardo in recent months. Now, Gateway is turning its attention to grooming the custom vehicle builders of the future with a new auto tech scholarship dubbed “Innovators.”
The Innovators auto tech scholarship recognizes and rewards aspiring automotive restoration and repair leaders with scholarships and internships for students participating in the auto restoration program at McPherson College and the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program at Northeast Texas Community College.
“Everyone at Gateway Bronco has a keen appreciation for the fine art of auto repair, restoration, and reimagination,” said Gateway Bronco CEO Seth 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 the 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 8-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.
“Carroll Shelby strongly believed that learning to repair and restore vehicles was a clear road to a better life for young people,” said John McCullough, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Northeast Texas Community College. “That is why he was such a strong supporter of the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program through the Carroll Shelby Foundation. I am confident that he would be pleased that others are now joining our efforts to help kids win the race for life. The scholarship will be very helpful to a student and the internship, especially with the opportunity to network with others in the industry, will be extremely valuable. We appreciate Seth Burgett and the Gateway Bronco team for including us in their program.”
“Our bachelor’s degree in restoration technology is the only one of its kind in the nation,” said Amanda Gutierrez, vice president for Automotive Restoration at McPherson College. “One of the core aspects is that our students have the opportunity to work with an amazing group of classic cars ranging from vintage Mercedes to Mustangs. Hands-on internships are especially important at McPherson and the Gateway Bronco program opens an entirely new avenue for our students to innovate, learn and refine their skills while earning college credit.”