Model A Youth Restoration Award (MAYRA)
Do you know that there is financial assistance available to youngsters between the ages of 12 and less than 22 owning and presently restoring a Model A Ford?
The Model A Youth Restoration Award (MAYRA) program has been giving financial assistance since 1994. Its goal is to support the Model A hobby by helping youth restore their Model A’s. Our purpose is the solidify the idea of the Model A hobby in the minds of our youth at an impressionable age with the intent and hope that this will be a lasting association that will help support the Model A restoration and the hobby in general into future generations. The help is in the form of gift certificates from various Model A parts vendors to be used in the restoration process. Since 1994, there have been 81 awards totaling more than $94,000. The amount of the award given each award year is the number of qualified applicants divided into the money in the bank account with a maximum grant of $2,200.
MAYRA is funded primarily by local Regions and Chapters MARC and MAFCA. In addition, the national MARC and MAFCA organizations make donations to the fund as well as do many of the Model A Ford parts vendors. We receive donations in varying amounts from Regions and Chapters and from individuals, often as memorials to deceased members. We are a 501 (c) 3 entity. Donations should be sent to the treasurer, Jim Lank, 13478 Egbert Street, Sylmar, CA 91342.
For an application and complete information on the Model A Youth Restoration Award click: ModelARestorationAward.org
To obtain an application by mail write to: Mr. Bob Moore, 529 Winston Ave. Bradbury, CA 91008. For information, contact him at BobMoore1@aol.com.
The next awards will be announced at both the MARC National Meet and the MAFCA National Convention in June, 2020. Applications must be received by May 31st, 2020.
Amy Rozny, Youth Coordinator had the honor of announcing the recipients of the 2018 Model A Youth Restoration Award (MAYRA) at the National Meet in Branson. Many of the Regions that made the award possible were present to hear who received an award and the type of Model A being restored.
The guiding philosophy of MAYRA is that the future of the hobby rests with instilling an interest and love for the Model A in youth. Once that interest takes hold, the youth is more likely to stick with the hobby or rekindle the interest in the hobby at a later point in life. And being successful in the restoration often depends on finances and that is MAYRA helps.
Twenty-three years ago, the Model A Youth Restoration Award made its first award of $500 to a young member of the Dallas Model A Ford Club. This year at the MAFCA National Convention, MAYRA made its 81st award to a youth who is restoring her Model A. Nine recipients each received $2,200 in financial assistance. MAYRA was able to make these awards through the generosity of nearly 88 Model A clubs of both MAFCA and MARC, six Model A parts vendors, the Boards of Directors of both MAFCA and MARC, individuals and memorials.
Diezel J. Cook is 14 and lives in Temperance, Michigan. He is the grandson of Linda Cook. He restoration project is converting a speedster to a Pickup Truck. He is associated with many clubs including Arizona A’s, Western Lake Erie, Downriver A’s and Sweet 16 A’s.
Michael Callander is 21 and lives in Calgary, Alberta Canada. He is restoring a 1928 Roadster Pickup. Michael received his first award from this program when he was 12. He is a member of the Stampede City Model A Ford Club.
Matthew Goodwin is 16 and lives in Prairieville, Louisiana and is a member of the Redstick Model A Ford Club. He is restoring at 1930 Pickup Truck.
Luke Richards is 17 and lives in Medway, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Blackstone Valley Model A Club and is restoring a 1929 Pickup Truck
Brooke Lindsay is 14 years old and lives in Vancouver, Washington. She is restoring a 1929 Pickup Truck and is a member of the Volcano A’s, Rogue Valley Model A Club and through her grandfather, associated with the Sis-Q-A’s.
Garrett Haslett is 19 years old, lives in Oxford, Maine and is restoring a 1929 Pickup Truck. He is a member of the Pine Tree Chapter.
Cameron Cox is 18 years old, an excellent mechanic who lives in Porterville, California and is restoring a 1930 roadster. He ismemberof the Happy Honkers and is associated through his grandfather with the Capitol A’s.
Chandler and Colby Etheredge are two brothers who live in Ft. Worth, TX and are about to select a body style, either Roadster or Pickup Truck, for the Model A frame, engineandtransmission that they possess. Chandler is 17 and Colby is 15. They are members of the Ft. Worth Model A Club
David Sheehan Jr. is 18 years old, lives in Southwick, Massachusetts and is a member of the Connecticut Valley Working A’s. He is restoring a 1930 Tudor.
MAYRA is primarily funded by local MAFCA’s Chapters, MARC’s Regions and Model A parts vendors. We also receive support from national MAFCA and MARC organizations, from individuals who believe in supporting youth and often as memorials to deceased club members. The Model A Youth Restoration Award is approved as a 501 (c) 3 educational charity.
The awards are announced every two years at the MAFCA National Convention and the MARC National Meet. The next awards will be presented in June, 2020. For these awards, Applications must be received by May 31st, 2020
1. The applicant shall be between 12 and less than 22 years of age.
2. The applicant must possess and be in the process of restoring a Model A or AA Ford.
3. The restoration activity must be directed toward completing either a Blue Ribbon Class (Fine Point), Touring Class or Restorers Class (for daily drivers).
4. Proof of applicant’s ownership must be provided.
5. The restoration shall be intended for personal use (not for resale or by contract for another individual).
6. Modified or Hot-Rod projects are not eligible for consideration.
7. The applicant must keep receipts for parts purchased with the funds awarded to them. Repeat applicants must send their receipts to the award program with the applications.
8. Your club president must certify the project.
The Model A Youth Restoration Award is an approved educational charity by the IRS and the gift certificates must be used on the restoration project
The future of our hobby rests with our younger generation. They benefit from our support and we benefit by keeping the hobby active. The award is open to all sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of members of MAFCA or MARC or the applicant may be a MAFCA or MARC member on his or her own.
If you know a candidate who meets the requirements, refer him or her to our program. Every youth will receive and award if they meet the eligibility requirements.
Donations should be sent to: Model A Youth Restoration Award, 13478 Egbert Street, Sylmar, CA 91342
For complete information on the award and an application, visit the Model A Youth Restoration Award website at Modelarestorationaward.org.
In 2016, there were four recipients, each receiving $2,200 in financial support. Congratulations to them.
David Arenas-Grube – Larsen, Wisconsin – Nickle “A” Region
Derek Ricci – Frenchtown, Montana – Big Sky A’s”
Billy Brum – Raynham, Massachusetts – Model A Restorers Club of Massachusetts and the Minuteman Model A Ford Club
Josh K. Thomas – Anderson, South Carolina – Palmetto A’s of South Carolina and the Old Ninety-Six Historic District A’s.
In 2014, nine recipients each received $2,000 of financial support. Congratulations to them.
Derek Ricci, Frenchtown, “Montana Big Sky A’s”.
John Grossheim, Cincinnati, Ohio. Ohio Valley Region Model A Ford Club.
Cai Brown, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Van-Isle A and B Ford Clubs.
Michael Callander, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. “Stampede City Model A Club”.
Joseph Eckstrom, Columbia, South Carolina. “Palmetto A’s”.
Billy Brum, Raynham, Massachusetts. MARC of Massachusetts.
James Cheshire, Dallas, Texas. Dallas Model A Ford Club.
Nate Spears, Smithville, Missouri. Northwest Missouri Model A Club.
Mason Whittlesey, Keller, Texas. Fort Worth Model A Club.