My name is John Fiorino and I am the Treasurer and Chairman of the Scholarship & Grants committee of the Antique Motorcycle Foundation. The AMF Scholarship & Grants committee made up of myself, Bill Murar, Roger Smith, and Denise Rich-Gross have been working on a program to encourage and support a new generation of students to pursue/continue an education in motorcycle repair/restoration. To accomplish this, the AMF wanted to offer scholarships to qualified students in community colleges with motorcycle repair/restoration certificate/degree programs. We began this process in early 2020 with the intent to offer scholarships to worthy students in 2021. We contacted 10 institutions with motorcycle repair/restoration programs but unfortunately, like many other endeavors, when Covid hit many things came to a standstill with schools suspending classes. As the cases of Covid reduced and the restrictions were lifted, the committee once again jumped into action and reestablished relationships with various institutions. But the landscape had changed somewhat. Some schools reduced their programs, and one decided to end their program completely. In addition, the committee never anticipated the hurdles we would have to jump through to give scholarships to the students directly. Many institutions had their own foundations and wanted the AMF to donate to those foundations. After many discussions we found one institution Central Carolina Community College that was interested in what we wanted to do and removed any administrative barriers to make it happen.
Central Carolina Community College located in Sanford, North Carolina was established in 1961. The college is located on 104 acres, and has 237,000 square feet of classroom, shop, laboratory, and library space. Their student population consists of approximately 15,000, with 1,500 students in the Applied Technologies program. Drew Goodson is the Dean of Business and Applied Technologies, of which the Motorcycle Mechanics Certificate and Diploma programs are included.