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3M, Ed. Foundation Provide 58 Grants to Veterans

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July 22, 2016—The 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and the Collision Repair Education Foundation announced Friday the 58 recipients of this year’s 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. 

The recipients include 54 students that are currently studying collision repair and have served or are currently serving in the military. There are additional $1,000 scholarships for certain veterans.

Each winning veteran has the opportunity to select $1,500 worth of tools as part of the award. Students who are graduating this year will also have the opportunity to select an additional $1,500 worth of parts upon graduation and upon getting a job in the collision repair industry.  

“Supporting both our industry and our military veterans remains a high priority for us,” said Dale Ross, U.S. marketing operations manager for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “This year, we were excited to have our customers and 3M employees join us in supporting the 3M Hire Our Heroes program by donating more than $200,000 through the calendar campaign.”

Grant recipients include: 

  • Ray Alston – U.S. Army, Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, NC
  • Alexandros Aslanis – U.S. Marines, Parkland College, Champaign, IL
  • Michael Baker – U.S. Army, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Morristown, TN
  • Peter Beasley – U.S. Air Force, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland, WA
  • Michael Carroll – U.S. Army, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC
  • James   Cash – U.S. Army, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC
  • Matthew Conley – U.S. Army, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC
  • Russell Cook – U.S. Army, Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton, OK
  • David Cortes – U.S. Army, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC
  • Roan Cowart – U.S. Army, Universal Technical Institute, Houston, TX
  • Roger Cox – U.S. Army, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK
  • William Crowder – U.S. Army, Arkansas State University, Newport, AR
  • John Curlett – U.S. Coast Guard, Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL
  • Lawrence Daniels – U.S. Army, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Oneida, TN
  • Kris Dindoffer – U.S. Army, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Daniel Dwyer – U.S. Army National Guard, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
  • Ryan Folker – U.S. Marines, Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Robert Garrison – U.S. Navy, Portland Community College, Portland, OR
  • Scott Gray – U.S. Air Force, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, WY
  • Scott Heise – U.S. Army, Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan, KS
  • Alex Henderson – U.S. Army National Guard, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI
  • Stacey  Hildreth – U.S. Army, South Western Community College, Creston, IA
  • Kevin Hill – U.S. Army, Universal Technical Institute, Houston, TX
  • Gerald  Howell – U.S. Army, WITC, Rice Lake, WI
  • Willie Hutchinson – U.S. Army, Texas State Technical College, Waco, TX
  • Scot Johnson – U.S. Air Force, Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton, OK
  • Blake Kizer – U.S. Marines, Scott Community College, Bettendorf, IA
  • Charles Kovach – U.S. Marines, Highland Community College, Freeport, IL
  • Billy Logan – U.S. Army National Guard, Cleveland County Community College, Shelby, NC
  • Randell Lute – U.S. Army, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC
  • Marvin Martin – U.S. Army, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Valdosta, GA
  • Matthew Moody – U.S. Army, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX
  • Pedro Moreno – U.S. Army, Autry Technology Center, Enid, OK
  • Christopher Mussel – U.S. Army Reserves, Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC
  • William Plont – U.S. Army National Guard, Athens Technical College, Athens, GA
  • Erick Rebelukag – U.S. Army, Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, WA
  • Javier Rey – U.S. Navy, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, TX
  • Aaron Rhines – U.S. Army, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, WA
  • Robert Rioux – U.S. Marines, Universal Technical Institute, Houston, TX
  • Alexander Romero II – U.S. Marines, Morgan Community College, Fort Morgan, CO
  • Dariel Saldana – U.S. Army National Guard, Automotive Training Center, Warminster, PA
  • Aaron Schaffer – U.S. Army National Guard, Ivy Tech Community College, Terre Haute, IN
  • Joseph  Schmidt – U.S. Air National Guard, Washburn Institute of Technology, Topeka, KS
  • Ramiro Serrano – U.S. Army, Universal Technical Institute, Houston, TX
  • Doug Smallwood – U.S. Navy, Lake Technical College, Eustis, FL
  • Matthew Smith – U.S. Air Force, Lenoir Community College, Kinston, NC
  • Jacob Talsma – U.S. Army National Guard, Ridgewater College, Willmar, MN
  • Joshua  Tapia – U.S. Army, Universal Technical Institute, Houston, TX
  • Brandon Thames – U.S. Marines, Itawamba Community College, Tupelo, MS
  • Austin Vorasith – U.S. Army Reserves, DMACC, Ankeny, IA
  • Eric Wade – U.S. Air Force, Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock, AR
  • Leeland Warren – U.S. Army, Morgan County Community College (Fort Morgan, CO
  • Randall Wright – U.S. Army, Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton, OK

Four collision students that have immediate family members who served or are serving in the military were also selected as scholarship winners. Each student received a $2,500 scholarship for school costs:

  • Caelan Campbell, Automotive Technology Center, Troutman, NC
  • Denovario Goode, Gadsden State, Anniston, AL
  • Ashley McNamara, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Vaughn Weaver, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS

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