The Phil Hill Scholarships were established in 2009 to honor the memory of Phil Hill, America's first Formula One driving champion and a longtime participant and friend of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The grants are intended to encourage the ongoing preservation and restoration of historic automobiles by supporting students in automotive arts and technical programs.
Phil Hill, who became the Formula One World Drivers’ Champion in 1961, began his association with Pebble Beach by entering the early Pebble Beach Road Races — and winning three of them. Hill also participated in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which was initially held in tandem with the races, and his cars took top honors twice — with his 1931 Pierce-Arrow 41 LeBaron Convertible Town Cabriolet in 1955 (it was the first collector car to win Best of Show), and then with a 1927 Packard 343 Murphy Convertible Sedan in 1977. Hill also served as a Class or Honorary Judge 39 times. Hill passed away in 2008.
“Phil Hill was a friend of the Pebble Beach Concours from the very beginning, and he loved cars of every kind,” said Pebble Beach Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “We’re pleased to honor his memory by recognizing some rising stars dedicated to preserving and restoring the cars Phil treasured.”
The first three Phil Hill Scholarships were awarded in 2011, and several scholarships have been awarded annually since then. Funding for the scholarships comes in large part from generous donations to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation from Concours entrants, judges and sponsors. The Foundation has also supported several McPherson interns, helping to defray living expenses while they gain experience.
Phil Hill Scholarship Recipients & Educational Partnerships for the 2018-2019 School Year
We are pleased to note that this year the Pebble Beach Company Foundation is providing five Phil Hill Scholarships to students enrolled in the Automotive Restoration program at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas. McPherson is the only four-year liberal arts college to offer such a program.
Through the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, we also offer two Phil Hill Scholarships to two design students there. And we partner with the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) to provide students with the ability to see and interact with our Concours cars and experts.