Bobby Bove Memorial Scholarship Fund
Bobby Bove: April 7, 1986 – November 17, 2012
The Bove family, in participation with Penske Automotive Group and the TechForce Foundation, established the Bobby Bove Memorial Scholarship to carry on his generous spirit and share his passion for automotive technology.
Bobby was born and spent his childhood in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. He loved to hike and explore the woods with his older brother, and eventually became a Cub Scout and Boy Scout. From a young age, Bobby loved playing with toy cars and trucks, as well as taking things apart to discover how they worked. Around the age of 3 or 4, he was captured on film under a car “helping” his Grandpa to change the oil.
At the age of 8, Bobby moved to Austin, Texas, with his family. He played football in both middle school and high school, graduating from McNeil High School in 2005. In his teen years, he also became involved in automotive repair and customization. He upgraded the clutch, shifter, intake and exhaust on his first car, a Ford Escort ZX2. He helped install a clutch replacement and a set of lowering springs on his dad’s Z28 Camaro.
Bobby’s passion for cars led him to enroll at Universal Technical Institute (UTI) – Houston, where he graduated with Honors in 2009. Eventually, Bobby achieved his goal to work for Round Rock Honda and Penske Automotive Group, where he progressed to the position of Heavy Line Technician. He loved his job and both his family and Honda management had high expectations for his future career. Bobby applied what he learned at UTI to customize his Dodge Neon SRT4, which was a “beast,” as he liked to call it. His prized possessions were his SRT4 and his custom-built, liquid cooled computer.
Tragically, Bobby passed away in a car accident on November 17, 2012. He will forever be missed by his family, friends, coworkers, and even those who only came to know him after his death. Bobby was a kind and generous person who went out of his way to help others, so it is a fitting tribute that he will continue to help others through the Bobby Bove Memorial Scholarship.