The Mercedes-Benz Club of America Educational Foundation was established for the expressed purpose of educating the public on the rich history and heritage of the Mercedes-Benz automobile. We are working to meet that mission. For example, in 2000 the foundation established the W. Robert Nitske and Frank King award at the McPherson College automotive restoration department. The Nitske-King scholarship is named in recognition of two outstanding members. W. Robert Nitske, a charter member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc., who served on its national board including the office of president in 1999. Frank King also served the club, not only as an active national board member, but also as the club’s technical advisor and noted technical editor for The Star magazine.
The first recipient of the MBCA Educational Foundation’s scholarship award was Chris Seymour, as reported and described in the July/August 2001 issue of The Star. Automobile restoration students at the college who compete for the Nitske-King Award would receive a grant of $1,000 for the best Mercedes-Benz related research paper. Committed to support students at the McPherson College restoration program, the foundation has already recognized six students with more to come.
Article by Nathanael Lander, Mercedes-Benz Restoration Begins at McPherson College