Tom Tjaarda Scholarship Fund

Attention all Tom Tjaarda and Pantera Enthusiasts!

Mrs. Paola Tjaarda, Tom Tjaarda's wife, has asked DeTomaso International and the DeTomaso Community, to participate in establishing a scholarship at the prestigious I.E.D. School of Design in Torino, Italy. The scholarship would be in Tom Tjaarda's beloved name and would be presented to an outstanding design student on June 20, 2019 in Torino, Italy. (Website: )
The winning student will be selected by a formal Jury at the institution.

Mrs. Tjaarda is not able to fund the scholarship herself and has asked us to spearhead a campaign to raise at least 2,000 Euros or more.

We are original Pantera owners. We have had the good fortune to meet with Tom and Paola over the years. Although he designed many important automobiles, the Pantera was his favorite. Just look how this amazing car has touched all of our lives. Tom loved how passionate Pantera owners are about the car and how much pleasure the Pantera gave to so many.

Tom touched so many or our lives when he visited the US and spoke at events or signed autographs and sun visors, dashboards and more for us. When the DeTomaso Factory did not represent the marque in the US, Tom was there to be what we called, "the face of DeTomaso". He spoke so well at many Concours, conventions and universities about his experience with A. DeTomaso and the development of the Pantera, Longchamp and Deauville.

If you ever met the gentleman, you would know exactly what we are talking about. He was an inspiration. Humble, intelligent and a person of great integrity and creativity. Even when Tom was critically ill, he would help when called upon to teach and inform the Pantera enthusiast.

Please, let us honor Tom in this small way and help an outstanding automobile design student follow in Tom's footsteps. On behalf of Mrs. Tjaarda, we thank you for your contributions. Time is running short to raise these funds. Kindly donate what you are able to now. All funds raised less any Gofundme expenses will be donated to the scholarship fund in Tom Tjaarda's good name.

Dave and Linda Adler
  • Christina Drew 
    • $100 
    • 29 mos
  • John Webber 
    • $50 
    • 29 mos
  • Charlie Falcone 
    • $100 
    • 29 mos
  • Orange County Panteras 
    • $500 
    • 30 mos
  • Robert Radefeld 
    • $50 
    • 30 mos
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Fundraising team: DeTomaso International (3)

David Adler 
Raised $3,040 from 26 donations
Fallbrook, CA
Michael Grillot 
Team member
Rebecca Friedberg 
Team member
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