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Ed. Foundation: Record Number of Applicants for $50,000 Makeover Grant

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July 9, 2015—A record amount of applicants applied for the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2015 $50,000 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant, the organization announced on Thursday.

A total of 140 high school and college collision school programs from 33 states sent in applications.

The Education Foundation will focus on helping as many of these collision school programs as possible through their participation with this grant by securing items on their $50,000 collision wish lists. The applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of industry volunteers. The winners will be announced during the Education Foundation’s industry reception the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 3 during SEMA.

The Education Foundation will award a $50,000 Makeover grant to one high school and one college collision program. These grants will be in the names of Allstate Insurance and State Farm Insurance in honor of their continued support.

The industry has the opportunity to provide additional school grants by making tax-deductible donations to the Education Foundation.

“For every 100 industry companies that each donate $500 to the Education Foundation this year, we could provide an additional $50,000 Makeover school grant this fall and help a collision school program with needed tools, equipment, and supplies.” said Brandon Eckenrode, the Education Foundation’s director.

“We are excited to see the record amount of collision school programs participating in the Makeover grant this year and the industry should take note of the increasing amount of schools who are asking for assistance,” said Melissa Marscin, Education Foundation director of grant programs. “In order for these programs to graduate qualified and skilled entry-level collision students that the industry is seeking, the industry needs to take an active role within the programs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The instructors that took the time to apply should be commended.”

Anyone interested in joining the Education Foundation’s efforts to support and assist high school and college collision programs should contact Eckenrode

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