University Relations and Communications

Street Rod Association awards scholarship to MSU Billings COT student

November 16, 2010


Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Grant Maus, a Montana State University Billings College of Technology student, was recently awarded a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Montana Street Rod Association. 


Maus, originally from North Dakota and now a Billings resident, is a second-year student enrolled in the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program. He will graduate in December 2010 with an Associate of Applied Science degree, but plans to continue his studies at the College of Technology and earn his A.A.S. degree in Auto Technology. 


“Working on vehicles has been a passion of mine since I was a little kid,” Maus said. “I owe that to my parents. My father inspired my interest in muscle cars with his 1969 GTO and the stories he shared with me.”


Maus said in the future he plans to work in the field of body repair and refinishing and eventually building my own shop, where I will be doing restorations and customizing. 


“Chip Foose has been a role model for me for some time now,” he said. “I plan on doing similar work like he does and bringing more of that style to Montana and the surrounding area.”


The Montana Street Rod Association (MSRA), founded in 1974, is a non-profit organization that promotes interest in street rodding and special interest automobile activities. A statewide organization for clubs and interested persons, MSRA emphasizes safety education and inspection by promoting and encouraging safety in driving, vehicle maintenance, and overall vehicle operation. 


By sponsoring scholarships through the MSU Billings Foundation, MSRA is able to accomplish one of its priorities — helping Montana kids develop successful automotive related careers and stay in Montana.


For more information on the MSRA contact Steve Sorg, president of the association, at


For more information about MSRA scholarship or other scholarships at MSU Billings, contact the MSU Billings Foundation at 657-2244.