In addition to supporting the cataloguing and preservation of the Archives, the SCCA Foundation provides support to the next generation of young designers and engineers through its support of the Formula SAE program. SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series (CDS) competitions take students beyond textbook theory by enabling them to design, build, and test the performance of a real vehicle and then compete with other students from around the globe in exciting and intense competitions. All CDS competitions prepare undergraduate and graduate engineering students in a variety of disciplines for future employment in mobility-related industries by challenging them with a hands-on, team engineering experience that also requires budgeting, communication, project management, and resource management skills. Students also gain valuable exposure with recruiters from leading companies in the mobility industry to help land their first engineering job after graduation.

In addition to providing event support at the two major national competitions in Detroit, MI and Lincoln, NE each year, SCCA Foundation funding provides for awards to recognize the top performing SAE teams and mentors.

Carroll Smith Mentor’s Cup

The Carroll Smith Mentor’s Cup is presented by the SCCA to recognize the important role played by each faculty adviser in support of their team of dedicated students and competitors. Carroll Smith was a trained engineer, Navy pilot, racecar driver, and author. He authored six books on racecar engineering and most of you have read them or certainly should.

For ten years he served as chief design judge for FSAE® and raised it to one of the most prestigious events at the competition. In Australia, he started wearing a slash hat that became his trademark, and now all of the chief design judges wear an Australian hat in his honor and memory. He died at his home in California during the time of the 2003 FSAE® competition.

Carroll was very free to share his knowledge and wanted everyone to learn. He was the consummate mentor. Being the chief design judge was a perfect opportunity for him to mentor these developing engineers. It is this quality that inspired the Sports Car Club of America to institute the Carroll Smith Mentors Cup in his honor. The recipient of this award is a person that has shown long-term commitment of mentoring to FSAE students. With this award goes a check for $1500 from the SCCA Foundation, a beautifully engraved keeper cup, and his name on the perpetual cup kept at SCCA headquarters.

Dr. Bob Woods Cup

The Dr. Bob Woods Cup, named in honor of Dr. Bob Woods of the University of Texas, Arlington, recognizes the top finishing student driver in the Formula SAE competition at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships each year.

Donations to the Foundation ensure our young members will continue to be the industry leaders into the future.

Donations to the Foundation ensure our young members will continue to be the industry leaders into the future.