John Weinberger had a passion for automobiles and a lifelong career in the automotive industry. His automotive passion continues through his scholarships. If you are pursuing a career in:
SAE-Chicago section automotive students enrolled in the engineering program at the University of Illinois-Chicago or Northern Illinois University
McPherson College students pursuing historic automotive technology
Lyons Township High School (Illinois) automotive students enrolled in a post-secondary school to pursue a career in the automotive industry
Illinois or Texas students pursuing a career as an automotive technician and enrolled at any in-state college/post-secondary school, such as Universal Technical Institute, that offers an automotive technician training program.
Northwood University students pursuing skills in car dealership management, marketing and communications
Schools integral in John Weinberger’s life, so if you're considering those schools, please apply for the scholarships.
John F. Weinberger was born in Illinois on April 18, 1932, in the backseat of a Chevy, and progressed from his humble beginnings as an apprentice garage mechanic to becoming the founder and CEO of Continental Motors, while racing cars and netting numerous podium finishes during the 1960s while competing in SCCA events.
He specialized in sales and service operations and his reputation among Chicagoland foreign car enthusiasts came to the attention of Triumph Motor Cars. and he became an authorized Triumph dealer, then Jaguar, MG, and Toyota. Then in the '70s and early '80s he added Honda, Nissan, and Ferrari.
He met his 3rd wife Lisa at a tollbooth as both were driving down the Illinois Tollway. As a research/marketing specialist she recognized him from a trade association magazine. John didn’t have the exact change that day, and she offered him the coins and her phone number.
John & Lisa were dedicated to social responsibility, and initiated the “Driven to Care” car giveaway program, which has resulted in 72 refurbished cars donated to deserving individuals who've triumphed over various challenges such as homelessness, substance abuse, and physical abuse.