Automotive student awarded ‘Garage Gurus’ scholarship

Joseph R. Waldemeyer of Manasquan, New Jersey, recently received a $2,500 tuition scholarship awarded by Federal-Mogul Motorparts through its Garage Gurus technical education network.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology student is enrolled in the college’s four-year automotive technology major.

This is the fourth consecutive year for the scholarship, presented to students in accredited postsecondary automotive technology schools. Penn College is home to one of the nation’s oldest continuous automotive programs, paralleling the 1914 origins of the institution itself.

The recipient, an Eagle Scout who transferred from Brookdale Community College, worked part time for a hometown mechanic while attending classes. Starting with the 16th birthday gift of a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado from his grandfather, Waldeyer’s passion for vehicles has been fueled by a series of truck-restoration projects in his driveway.

“My education has given me the opportunity to learn about current technology in the automotive industry, practice what I have learned through labs, and allowed me to show my content knowledge and skills through examinations,” he wrote in his scholarship essay. “My work experience has given me an opportunity that very few other college students have had. I have learned from an extremely knowledgeable mentor about the skills necessary to work in the automotive industry, as well as learning about the successes and difficulties that can arise from owning a business.”