Student Judge Scholarship Program

One of the trend-setting aspects of the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance is college scholarships awarded each year to one of 12 local high school students who participate in the event’s innovative student judging program.

In May 2016, scholarships totaling $10,000 were awarded to three student judges toward a continuing education in automotive trades and technology at Sandhills Community College, which also offers matching scholarships.

Each year, a dozen prep students from the three Moore County high schools are paired with world-class Concours judges in each of the car classes to form a generational team of rare car inspectors using a meticulous 100-point judging system.

The senior judges mentor the apprentice students in the process of looking for a correct and authentic restoration or preservation. In return, the junior judge helps with documenting the score on a modern Lenovo tablet.

No other Concours around the country has such an innovative student judging program.

“Introducing a new generation to the collector car world and being able to provide funding for their college educations is one of the more gratifying areas surrounding our annual event,” said Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard.

“We are thrilled with the strong partnership that’s developed between the Pinehurst Concours and Sandhills Community College,” added school president John Dempsey. “Not only does the Concours celebrate and draw attention to the world’s finest automobiles, but it often inspires young people to pursue careers in the automotive field. The Pinehurst Concours Scholarship at Sandhills inspires and rewards those young people and makes it possible for them to pursue their dreams in the world of automobiles. It is a wonderful partnership, and we at Sandhills are very grateful to be its beneficiary.”

The Pinehurst Concours Scholarship Award Winners:

2016
Caleb Patterson, Union Pines High School, $5,000 scholarship
Austin Sanders of Pinecrest High School, $2,500 scholarship
Austin Stewart, North Moore High School, $2,500 scholarship

2015
Dakota Brady, North Moore High School, $5,000 scholarship

2014
Cody Lunday, Pinecrest High School, $5,000 scholarship