ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. (July 15, 2021) – The African American Racers Association (AARA) has teamed up with Temple University’s Temple Formula Racing (TFR) program to further align their goals of building diversity and awareness in motorsports to increase attendance and participation.
Christopher Harris, AARA co-founder, has announced a $20,000 donation in the form of a $5,000 scholarship for the next four years to be given in the name of diversity to a student in the Temple Formula Racing program, a hands-on experience within the College of Engineering.
“I’m incredibly excited to work with Temple Formula Racing. As a former Temple student-athlete, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to work with the university I love and merge it with the AARA. This scholarship truly embodies what the AARA stands for. Providing assistance and opportunities in the motorsports world while promoting inclusion, diversity, and unity. I look forward to working closely with TFR students and administrators on their short and long-term goals.”
In addition to the scholarship donation, Harris will also make himself available to the program to provide guidance, feedback, and networking to help create opportunities for students in the program. Chris Harris continues:
“Through my network in motorsports, we are already creating internship opportunities for the TFR members. Professional racing organizations, teams, and motorsports facilities are already committed to giving AARA members opportunities in the industry, and we are extending those opportunities to TFR.”
Dr. Richard Cohen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Temple Formula Racing program faculty advisor, talks about the scholarship:
“Temple University has had racing teams for almost forty years. During this time, hundreds of students have learned practical lessons in applying engineering principles to real-world problems. But more importantly, they have learned to work together, actively collaborate, plan, lead and work within a budget,” said Dr. Cohen. “In doing so, they have learned that students of all skills and achievements from all ethnic groups and backgrounds make valuable contributions to the team. This donation will continue and promote our efforts to bring students into the group, which will then enhance their engineering skills.”
Students in the College of Engineering have an opportunity to be part of the Temple Formula Racing program, where they can use what they’ve learned in the classroom to assemble a formula racecar that competes in Formula SAE International competition.
“For decades, Temple Formula Racing has empowered engineering students to take their education out of the labs and show their work—truly where the rubber meets the road,” said Dr. Keya Sadeghipour, Dean of Temple University College of Engineering. “We are grateful for this impactful support, which will help more students to continue that proud tradition and become more involved.”
The scholarship will begin to be dispersed in the fall of the 2021/2022 school year and continue through 2024/2025.
About Temple Formula Racing:
Temple Formula Racing (TFR) is a student professional organization within Temple University’s College of Engineering that uses hands-on automotive engineering skills to fully fund, prototype, and assemble a formula racecar that competes in an annual Formula SAE International competition. With the help of Faculty advisors, sponsors, and in-class experiences, Temple students seek to improve the performance capabilities of their car. Each year, they make iterative design changes in hopes of weight savings and better ranking at FSAE events. Some of the events they attend include FSAE Michigan, FSAE North, and the Pittsburg Shootout.
For more information, visit: http://templeformularacing.com/