GENESEE COUNTY — Back to the Bricks, at its heart, is about community. The annual event brings out nearly half a million automotive enthusiasts each year throughout a number of communities around the state. In order to help foster continued interest in automobiles and to thank the community that hosts the main event each year, Back to the Bricks organized a scholarship program that is granted to a number of students annually. This year, because of Back to the Bricks, seven college-bound students will be granted the $10,000-scholarship.
The Back to the Bricks Scholarship Program provides assistance to high school seniors in Flint and Genesee County who are pursuing post-secondary studies or training at a college or technical school in auto-body repair/painting, automotive design, auto mechanics, electrical/ manufacturing/mechanical engineering, robotics, sales and marketing, software development for automotive applications, welding, or a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)-related program.
This year’s seven recipients are: Katiana Cavric of Goodrich High School, who will attend Kettering University; Emma Mucciante of Grand Blanc High School, who will attend Kettering University; Alexis Allen of Hamady Community High School, who will attend Mott Community College; Rachel Goodheart of Grand Blanc High School, who will attend Kettering University; Kaitlin Scoviac of Grand Blanc High School, who will attend Kettering University; Jacob Sherman of Clio High School, who will attend Kettering University; and Jordan Tower of Genesee High School, who will attend Saginaw Valley State University.
“Back to the Bricks is an organization that’s really proven that they’ve got a great formula for bringing car enthusiasts into the Flint community,” said Jack Stock, Director of External Relations at Kettering University. “And Kettering, being the former General Motors institute, is a natural fit for car enthusiasts, as we’re known for traditionally being an automotive-centric school. Today, Kettering maintains very close ties to the manufacturing industry. We’re very supportive of the Back to the Bricks organization, and it seems to be a very important mission of their organization to give back and support the automotive community.”
This year, the Back to the Bricks (BttB) offered a scholarship of $10,000, which will be divided among the seven students who were chosen by the selection committee. BttB received the 37 scholarship applications, 30 of whom were from Flint or Genesee County. All applications included transcripts, letters of recommendation and essays. Out of the 37 applications, 31 applicants had a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and, according to Stock, this year, nearly half were female applicants.
“We had a very nice variety of students this year,” said Stock. “Now, the automotive industry is more diverse than ever before, and I think the students that were selected this year certainly reflect that. I know that Kettering is very proud to be a part of an organization like Back to the Bricks. They have such a tremendous mission and are so supportive of young people with interests in automobiles. We’re thrilled to be part of that.”