The Heinz C. Prechter Automotive Excellence Scholarship honors Heinz C. Prechter, founder of the American Sunroof Co. (now ASC Inc.). The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and support young entrepreneurs pursuing a degree in engineering, including those with a passion for STEM. This scholarship will award the creative ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of a student-driven idea or initiative that is in the early stages of implementation or has already been successfully executed. As one recent scholarship awardee so eloquently stated, “Engineering is more than just ideation, fabrication, and implementation. Engineering encompasses compassion and the drive to tackle human-centered issues.” In this spirit and in honoring the work, life, and memory of Mr. Prechter, this scholarship will award funds to support the applicant’s entrepreneurial endeavor.
Past award recipient initiatives have included:
Pursue an engineering or related science degree through a U.S. ABET-accredited program
Two letters of recommendation (from faculty advisers and/or industry contacts) and an essay that specifically highlights information on the entrepreneurial concept and the market segment of the automotive industry this idea will target. Applications will be judged on the basis of the creativity, ingenuity, and practicality of the applicant's entrepreneurial idea and the positive impact it will create.