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Carmel Magazine, Summer/Fall 2018

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Driven to Excellence Phil Hill Scholar ships Help Students Navigate Career Oppor tunities B Y R E N E E B R I N C K S C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 8 151 K ansas City native Kalila Haddad learned to shift and steer cars when she was six years old. By age 16, she got into pinstriping. She later enrolled in automotive technology classes and gained shop experience while working on modern vehicles. Classic cars, however, remained Haddad's first love. A teacher introduced her to McPherson College in Kansas, the country's only four-year liberal arts school offering a bachelor's degree in restoration technology. Haddad was accepted there, and later became one of three students to receive an inaugural Phil Hill Scholarship in 2011. Established by the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and administered through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the scholarships honor America's first Formula One driving champion and the lifelong auto enthu- siast who was a Concours regular until his 2008 passing. "The scholarships are a natural result of our close relationship with Phil and his family," says Pebble Beach Concours Chair Sandra Button. "Phil raced here, winning the Pebble Beach Road Races three times. He showed cars at the Concours, winning Best of Show twice. And, he was a judge at the Concours for nearly 40 years. Phil and his family were always here; they became family to us." Haddad experienced the camaraderie and emotion on the show field during her first Pebble Beach Concours, which she attended months after the scholarship was awarded. "I remember being very excited and anxious at the same time. It was a completely different world," she says, recalling her meetings with judges and entrants. Watching competitors present cars to the judges is critical for restora- tion students, explains Button. "That moment is filled with tension and worry, but also with great expec- tation and hope. Everything must function and everything must be at its

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