Subaru of America, Inc. donated money to help with costs for the competition, since the team has no school funding and relies on private contributions. These grants and private donations assist in paying for materials, parts, and entry fees.
Many of the team's students go on to college, while others go directly into automotive professions. Their graduation rate is higher than the area's mainstream high school students, who have a 50-percent drop-out rate. Club members are "doing something they really like and are surrounded by adults who respect them and give them opportunities," commented Cohen.
For more information about the West Philly Hybrid X Team, go to www.evxteam.org.