Charity

The Mission of Driving Young America is to:

1. Support the education, inspiration and creativity of youth who have an interest in the design, performance, restoration, safety and historical significance of the automobile

2. Give back to the Community by supporting youth oriented programs sponsored by organizations that provide significant resources critical to the success of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance.

What is Driving Young America (DYA)?

Empowering youth through automotive education and community outreach.

Driving Young America is a charitable fund established by the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance in 2007.  Since 2001, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance and DYA have contributed over $240,000 to automotive education and to youth programs sponsored by local Lowcountry organizations that help make the Festival a success.

What Does DYA Do?

Driving Young America supports, through scholarship awards, young people seeking an education to pursue a career in the automotive industry – design, engineering, performance, safety, service / repair, restoration, or historical preservation.

DYA supports educational institutions that provide special opportunities for young people entering this field through grants, scholarships, and special awards.

DYA supports local Lowcountry youth programs that are sponsored by various organizations that provide substantial support to each year’s events with volunteer manpower, facilities, and in-kind gifts and equipment.

How Does DYA Get Its Funding? 

Funding is generated from Festival attendees, Exhibitors, special friends and through a variety of special events before, during, and after each year’s event.

2014 Grants

Academy for Career Excellence
Heroes on Horseback
Hilton Head High School Band Boosters
The League of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra
Hilton Head Island High School Robotics Team (Education)
Junior Leadership - the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
The Sandbox: An Interactive Children's Museum
Savannah Children's Choir
Special Olympics
St. Luke's Preschool

2014 Scholarships

Ella C. White Memorial Scholarship Fund
Central Piedmont Community College
Palmetto Advancement for Learning Motorsport
Gilmore Car Museum
Savannah Technical College

Who Manages This Fund?

Driving Young America is a “designated fund” of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry that provides investment and administrative services to over 200 Lowcountry charitable funds established by local individuals and organizations. 

The DYA Advisory Board focuses on its mission, fundraising, and granting awards and scholarships for automotive oriented education and youth programs of local Lowcountry organizations that substantively assist the Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance.

How Can You Participate?

You can help this year’s charitable program by joining the 45 other people who make a Leadership Gift to DYA by joining the Chauffer’s Society with your gift of $250 or more.

Join the many others who have contributed by either:

Sending your check payable to Driving Young America Fund, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Box 21733, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925

Contributors with donations of $250 or more will become members of the Chauffer's Society.

How to apply for funding:

Non-profit organizations are invited to participate in the Motoring Festival each year. Those organizations that accept an invitation to participate and subsequently provide resources critical to the success of the Motoring festival are eligible to apply for community grants, by clicking here. Applications from the 2013 Festival are due no later than February 28, 2014 in order to be considered.