“I want to merge my love of art and cars. I think the work restoring classic vehicles involves a lot of art.”—Jason Raiffe

Pebble Beach Phil Hill Scholarships Awarded for 2013-2014 Academic Year

Amidst the festivities of Pebble Beach Automotive Week, Phil Hill Scholarships for the 2013–2014 academic year were awarded to five deserving students in top automotive design and restoration programs.

Phil Hill was not only America’s first world champion driver; he was also a leading expert on the preservation and restoration of automobiles. He loved cars both new and old, whether built for the racecourse or the road. The Phil Hill Scholarships were created by the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, working in tandem with the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, to honor Hill and to encourage the next generation of automotive enthusiasts.

“We want to do all that we can to support students who have an interest in creating and caring for the world’s great cars,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button.


As in the past two years, the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, is once again providing Phil Hill Scholarships to three students at McPherson College in Kansas—the only four-year liberal arts college in the United States to offer such a program. The three scholarship recipients are:

Jared Coho, a senior and third-time Phil Hill Scholar: “The connections I have made over the past three years from this opportunity here at Pebble Beach have inspired me to one day be restoring cars at this level.”

Jason Raiffe, a sophomore: “I want to merge my love of art and cars. I think the work restoring classic vehicles involves a lot of art.”

Collin Howard, a sophomore: “I’ve really started to appreciate the history. It’s great to see things put back the way they’re supposed to be. It’s got to be done right—it’s got to be original—the first time.”

The Pebble Beach Company Foundation has also supported several McPherson interns, helping to defray their living expenses while they gain experience in the trade. The Foundation has focused on supporting educational efforts since its creation back in 1975.

“We believe education is the foundation for success,” said Foundation President Susan Merfeld.


The Academy of Art University in San Francisco has joined with the Pebble Beach Concours and Pebble Beach Company Foundation in honoring Phil Hill by agreeing to provide six two-year scholarships to its highly regarded industrial design program, led by respected automotive designer Tom Matano. The two newly named scholarship recipients are:

Omead Dorandish: “I want to become a car designer, and to pursue my dreams I left my friends, my family, and my country to come to the United States to become what I want to be.”

Jack Liu: “As a child I developed a strong passion for cars. And that is why I’m here today—to become a car designer. . . . and to change the world one car design at a time.”