News and Events from the SNF

SNF Supports Internship Program at Studebaker National Museum

For a fourth year, the Studebaker National Foundation awarded a $2,500.00 to the Studebaker National Museum for its summer internship program.The Internship Program is making a positive impact and your SNF is proud to partner with the Museum in this endeavour. For a better understanding of the program's impact, please click on the link to read what the recipients have written.CLICK HERE to read their letters.

Bill and Mary Cervini Donate Avanti R2 To SNF

The Studebaker National Foundation thanks Bill and Mary Cervini for their gift of a beautiful 1964 Avanti R2. The Avanti is on display at Don Laughlin’s Classic Car Museum in Laughlin, Nevada.


Photos courtesy of Don Laughlin’s Classic Car Museum at Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino, 1650 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV 89029, 702-298-2535. Website: CLICK HERE. YouTube Video: CLICK HERE

SNF Welcomes Two New Board Members!

The SNF welcomes James Bell and Becky Bonham to its Board of Directors. Elected at the Foundation’s 2020 annual meeting at the Martin Auto Museum in Phoenix, James and Becky bring a wealth of museum experience to the board.

James and his wife Stephanie are the founders and operators of Bell’s Studebaker Diner and Museum in Bellingham, Washington, a private museum of Studebaker vehicles and Studebaker related artifacts.

Prior to retirement, Becky was the Executive Director of the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana, home of Studebaker. Previously, she was a lobbyist in the Indiana legislature.

To contact James or Becky and all other SNF Board Members, Click Here!

Carl Thomason joins the Studebaker National Foundation Board.

ThomasonThe Studebaker National Foundation is pleased to announce that Carl Thomason has joined the Studebaker National Foundation Board of Directors.

Carl and his wife, Susan, are long time California residents and currently live in Coarsegold. Carl is past president of the Studebaker Drivers Club and serves on the club's Board of Directors.

To contact Carl and all other SNF Board Members, Click Here.

2018 Scholarships Awarded

Receiving $1,500.00 scholarships for the 2018 fall semester at their respective schools are Lauryn Halver, who attends Northern Arizona University and is majoring in journalism, and George Reid, a student at McPherson College majoring in Automotive Restoration Management. George's scholarship was funded by the Ozark Trails Chapter for students attending a technical school or college. Both Lauryn and George are previous scholarship recipients.

Pennsylvania College of Technology student awarded SNF scholarship (Posted 3/16/18)

Receiving a $1,500.00 Studebaker National Foundation scholarship for the spring 2018 semester was Michael Krukowski, a student at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Michael is an Automotive Restoration major and his career goal is to restore and maintain historic and collector vehicles and to carry on the work of those retiring from the restoration field.

 Michael is a Studebaker enthusiast and he and his family currently have a 1965 Commander and a 1959 2R pickup. He also enjoys vintage motor racing.

Chuck Naugle Memorial Scholarships Awarded (Posted 3/16/18)

Two students each received a $1,500.00 Chuck Naugle Memorial Scholarship for the 2018 spring semester at their respective schools. The recipients are Lauryn Halver, who attends Northern Arizona University and is majoring in journalism, and George Reid, a student at McPherson College majoring in Automotive Restoration Management.

 The scholarship was founded by friends of Chuck Naugle to honor his dedication to and love of Studebakers. You can make a donation here to further his legacy for other deserving students in automotive programs.

SNF Recognizes Keystone Region Chapter (Posted 2/25/18)

The Studebaker National Foundation (SNF) thanks the Keystone Region Chapter for its recent generous donation of $1,500.00 to fund a scholarship for a student who is enrolled in a program that promotes automotive restoration and preservation.

The Chapter had previously made donations to the SNF for a Keystone Region Chapter Scholarship and for a scholarship created in memory of founding member, Robert Foust.

The Keystone Region Chapter is a long time donor to the SNF and also made a $2,500.00 donation in May at a celebration held at the Studebaker National Museum (SNM) during the SDC Meet. The SNF in turn contributed to the SNM the entirety of the donation to provide stipends to three summer interns.


Above: Chris Collins, SNF president, accepts check from Keystone Region Chapter members, Gaye Liddick and Ronda White.

Jack and Libby Wenger recognized for mentorship (Posted 2/25/18)

Presentation made in honor of Jack and Libby Wenger by the Studebaker National Foundation and Greater Virginia Chapter, SDC.

The plaque reads: "In appreciation to Jack and Libby Wenger and WW Motor Cars and Parts for the promotion and Education of Youth in Classic Automotive Restoration and Maintenance, On-The-Job Training, Summer Work and Internships Programs."

image4image3 Left to right: Chester Bradfield, member SNF board and GVC Vice President., Danny Lindamood, GVC President., Libby Wenger of WW Motor, Jack Wenger of WW Motor on phone with Chris Collins SNF President., George Reid, recipient of a $600.00 GVC Scholarship and Summer Intern of WW Motor.

George Reid is a student in the Automotive Restoration Management program at McPherson College and has received SNF scholarships in the past and most recently received a $1,500.00 Chuck Naugle Memorial Scholarship




Bill Cervini Joins The Studebaker National Foundation Board (Posted 2/25/18)

image5The Studebaker National Foundation is pleased to announce that Bill Cervini joined the SNF Board in January, 2018

Bill is retired from a teaching career and he and his wife Mary live in Cave Creek, Arizona in the winter and Vista, California in the summer. He has had a love affair with Studebaker since his childhood in New Jersey and is the proud owner of a 1964 2R Avanti he purchased new.

To contact Bill and all other SNF members CLICK HERE



SNF places '61 Champ & Camper in the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum.


This Champ and Camper was donated to the SNF by Carol Kokkeler.

Two donated special Studebakers placed in California museums.

BloombergAvantiatSaltFlats 1963 Avanti Bonneville race car donated by Dave Bloomberg, also known as the  Avanti Kid,  is currently on display at the Woodland Auto Display at the Estrella Warbird Museum.

Woodland Auto Display at the Estrella Warbird Museum, 4251 Dry Creek Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446. 805-238-9317 www.ewarbirds.orgSpeedsteratAirMuseum





1955 Speedster donated by Larry Vahe, Prescott, Arizona is on display at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail,  Palm Springs, CA  92262. 760-778-6262.

Martha Studebaker joins the Studebaker National Foundation Board.

MarthaStudebakerThe Studebaker National Foundation is pleased to announce that Martha Studebaker joined the SNF Board in January, 2017.

Martha and husband of 33 years, Kevin, have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. She is the office manager of Studebaker Control Solutions, their family business. Together they enjoy researching family history and searching for that next piece of Studebaker memorabilia. Martha also enjoys reading, sewing and scrap-booking. Welcome!

To contact Martha and all other SNF Board Members, Click Here.

Larry Tholen Toy & Model Collection donated to SNF

TholentoysatMurphy11TholenToyTrucksatMurphy2Larry Tholen of Wichita, Kansas has donated 365 pieces from his Studebaker toy and model collection. The display is a great way to further increase interest in the Studebaker legacy and hobby.. The SNF thanks Larry for his very generous donations.

2017 SNF Scholarships Have Been Awarded

Each year the Studebaker National Foundation awards several scholarships to assist young Studebaker enthusiasts with their education. The 2017 Scholarship Recipients (and previous years' recipients) are featured HERE

Pennsylvania Man Wins Beautiful 1950 Studebaker Convertible At SNF Raffle!

DSCN5077A beautiful 1/24th scale 1950 Studebaker Danbury Mint model was won by Rob Laughman of Hanover, PA. Rob's lucky ticket was pulled on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the conclusion of the 3 day York Studebaker Swap Meet. The young lady who pulled the ticket (front left) was Abby Rodhouse of Pittsfield, MA. Funds raised by the raffle will go towards the SNF's ongoing mission of Studebaker preservation and education.



1932 Studebaker Dictator Donation

The Studebaker National Foundation was proud to receive the donation of a beautiful 1932 Dictator by the Gordon Bricken Estate. The SNF is pleased to announce that the car is now on display at the Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, California. Several Studebaker enthusiasts have donated a car to the SNF which then places it in a museum. To read about other museum donations/placements, CLICK HERE.











2014 Scholarships Awarded

Meet the Studebaker National Foundation's 2014 Scholarship Recipients HERE

Martin Auto Museum Recognized by the SNF

Recently, the board of the Studebaker National Foundation presented Mel and Sallie Martin of the Martin Auto Museum in Phoenix, Arizona with a recognition plaque to thank them for their continuing support. In addition to being the home for the beautiful 1931 Studebaker Commander Mr. Sid Rosen had donated to the SNF, the Martin Museum has also hosted the SNF Board's annual January meeting. In the photo, left to right, are SNF board members Chris Collins and Richard Dormois, Museum owners Sallie and Mel Martin, and SNF board members Denny Lockmon and Brian Millette.


SNF 2012-2013 Audit Report. The Studebaker National Foundation has released the Audit Report for 2012-2013. To download the Audit Report (pdf) CLICK HERE

Foundation Receives a 1964 GT Hawk Donation; Places it in Iowa Museum

Recently, John Dusanic of Millington, IL donated his beautiful 1964 GT Hawk to the Studebaker National Foundation. The Foundation has found a fitting home for the car at the Antique Car Museum of Iowa. The museum, located at 860 Quarry Road in Coralville, IA, has more than 70 classic automobiles. Their website is, In the photo below, Mr. Dusanic is standing next to the classy GT Hawk he has so generously donated to the Foundation.


2012 SDC International Meet yields over $4,300 for SNF and generates leads for vehicle donations for museums!

A number of very nice donated items were auctioned off during the 2012 SDC International Meet in South Bend the evening of August 1. The assembled crowd was excited and the bidding was brisk. At the end, more than $4,300 was raised to support the mission and programs of the Studebaker National Foundation.

In addition several good leads are being followed up on for possible vehicle donations to place in Museums. One of the SNF missions is to arrange for Studebakers to be donated for placement in automotive museums around the nation.

SNF Places First Studebaker in Phoenix Museum! Thanks to a most generous donation of a 1931 Studebaker Rosen31CommanderCommander to the SNF by Sid Rosen, your Foundation has placed it on permanent loan in the Martin Auto Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. CLICK HERE to read the entire article that appeared in the April 2012 issue of Turning Wheels magazone.





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The fantastic David Snyder art print, "Advanced Thinking" benefits the SNF. CLICK HERE for details!





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