The nonprofit RPM Foundation and Tacoma’s BMW Northwest are partnering to offer a new scholarship program for Clover Park Technical College students interested in careers in autos.

The new BMW Northwest/RPM Foundation Scholarships will provide financial support for full-time students enrolled in Clover Park’s Automotive Technology Degree or its Restoration & Customization Certificate programs. Scholarships for two students will be available beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

“We’ve been impressed with the good work of RPM across the United States and wanted to support their efforts while impacting students local to our dealership network,” said BMW Northwest President and CEO Manfred Scharmach. “We are dedicated to championing young apprentices in the trades needed to preserve our historic vehicles. Scholarship opportunities are vital for the continuity of our heritage and the industry – we are thrilled to be working with RPM in support of our future.”

“Clover Park is one of the few post-secondary schools in the country to offer curriculum that delves into the disciplines of restoration and preservation. We have been a strong supporter of Clover Park restoration students since 2009 – through an endowed scholarship that has funded ten students to date – and know the quality of their programs, instructors and students,” said RPM President Diane Fitzgerald.

“We are thrilled to welcome BMW Northwest and RPM Foundation into our family and are grateful for the opportunities they offer our restoration students,” said Tawny Dotson, vice president of strategic development at Clover Park. “Cultivating relationships between donors and students is key to our mission, and we’re encouraging all of our 115 exceptional students eligible for the BMW Northwest/RPM Foundation Scholarship to apply.”