Pinehurst Concours Establishes Scholarship Program
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013
Dave Droschak, Droschak Communications (919) 630-6656
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (Dec. 11, 2013) – The Pinehurst Concours has established a local scholarship program for high school students who participate in the event’s unique digital judging application system, which was unveiled at the inaugural vintage car competition, executive director Jay Howard said.
Each judging team was provided a Samsung Galaxy Tablet powered by Sprint in May 2013 to compute scores of the 118 Pinehurst Concours d’ Elegance entrants using a 100-point system. With the app being foreign to most judges, a local Moore County high school student was assigned to each team to help with data input. Results were almost instantaneous at the conclusion, with printouts being achieved in less than a half hour – a first for a Concours event.
“One of our goals of the Pinehurst Concours from the start was to involve the local community in as many programs as possible,” Howard said. “Our Iron Mike Rally salutes the military at Fort Bragg, and the establishment of a scholarship program ties in an educational component we believe is very important.”
“We were thrilled to learn of this generous offer to establish a Pinehurst Concours Automotive Scholarship,” said Alex Cameron, Chairman of the Automotive Programs at Sandhills Community College. “What a wonderful opportunity for area automotive students. Car enthusiasts are such a wonderful and diverse group of people. The Pinehurst event is a way to bring them together to share their common passion.”
The Pinehurst Concours Sandhills Community College Scholarship Program will annually award $2,500 to a high school senior from North Moore, Pinecrest or Union Pines high schools, with an additional $2,500 scholarship matched by Sandhills Community College.
Scholarship finalists will be part of the student electronic judging application system, with the two-year scholarship awarded the weekend of the Pinehurst Concours, held May 2-4, 2014.
Eligible students must be a Moore County resident, plan to attend Sandhills Community College and enroll in either the Automotive Systems Technology or the Collision Repair Program and have a minimum 2.75 GPA, with preference given to students who have reached the “completer” status in their high school automotive program, Howard said.
“Sandhills is very proud of our Automotive Program and the work done in it by our students and faculty,” said SCC President John Dempsey. “We’re very honored that the Concours would reward our students like this. This is a wonderful partnership and Sandhills Community College is thrilled to be a part of it.”
Tickets to the 2014 event, which will feature 119 classic automobiles on the pristine fairways of Pinehurst Resort, can be purchased online at www.pinehurstconcours.com or by calling 910–973-6594. In addition, Pinehurst Concours tickets are available in the Pinehurst Resort Main Pro Shop, Carolina Hotel Newstand and Village Putter Boy Shop.
The 2014 Pinehurst Concours will kick off a celebrated six-week period at one of the world’s top golf resorts, which hosts the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in consecutive weeks in mid June.
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The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization and non-profit authority of Moore County, North Carolina. The CVB mission is to promote the area as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions and tours. The CVB is funded primarily by a three percent hotel / motel room occupancy tax paid by visitors to Moore County.