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Ed. Foundation Announces Latest Grant, Scholarship Winners

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May 20, 2016—The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced on Thursday the latest recipients of grants and scholarships from I-CAR, PPG, and 3M.

The I-CAR Nashville Committee awarded three students with $1,500 in tools through a spring tool grant with the Education Foundation. The grant recipients from Tennessee College of Applied Technology College in Livingston, Tenn., are Summer Dennis, Justin Hancock, Bailey Norris.

“The Nashville I-CAR Committee is honored to be presenting this award to three deserving students,” said Carl Tinch, chairman of the Nashville I-CAR Committee. “Hard work, discipline and the desire to be the best always pays off, congratulations to each of you. We are committed to growing our industry through supporting our local schools, instructors and their students. Always remember ‘Quality is not an act, it is a habit.’”

The PPG Foundation, working with the Education Foundation, awarded four collision repair students each with a $5,000 scholarship. The winners of the 2016 PPG Foundation Scholarships are Richard Arnold of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah; Julie Brain College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill.; BreaAnna Miller of Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID; and David Morales Brain of College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill.

“PPG’s automotive refinish business and the PPG Foundation continue to work closely with the Collision Repair Education Foundation to support future professionals and develop the educational facilities the collision industry requires,” said Domenic Brusco, PPG senior manager, industry relations, automotive refinish. “By taking an active role in the education of collision repair and refinish students across the country, we help grow a skilled workforce to meet the demand for highly competent technicians amid ever-evolving technology. We congratulate our 2016 scholarship recipients.”

3M, along with the Education foundation, announced 58 winners for the first round of this year’s 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The awards are given to collision repair students who are currently serving or have served in the military. Each student will have an opportunity to get $1,500 in tools, with students graduating this year receiving an additional $3,000 in tools after they graduate and are hired. Other select veterans will receive $1,000 in scholarships. 

“Supporting both our industry and our military veterans remains a high priority for us” said Dale Ross, US Marketing Operations Manager for 3M’s 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 and donating more than $200,000 through the calendar campaign.”

3M Hire Our Heroes Veteran Grant Recipients

  • Ray Alston, Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, N.C.
  • Michael Baker, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Morristown, Tenn.
  • Peter Beasle, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland, Wash.
  • Michael Carroll, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, N.C.
  • James Cash, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Matthew Conley, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Russell Cook, Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton, Okla.
  • David Cortes, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, N.C.
  • Roan Cowart, Universal Technical Institute, Houston
  • Roger Cox, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, Okla.
  • William Crowder, Arkansas State University, Newport, Ark.
  • Lawrence Daniels, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Oneida, Tenn.
  • Kris Dindoffer, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Daniel Dwyer, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, Ill.
  • Ryan Folker, Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Alexandros Aslanis, Parkland College, Champaign, Ill.
  • John Curlett, Florida State College, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Robert Garrison, Portland Community College, Portland, Ore.
  • Scott Gray, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyo.
  • Scott Heise, Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan, Kan.
  • Alex Henderson, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wis.
  • Stacey Hildreth, South Western Community College, Creston, Iowa
  • Kevin Hill, Universal Technical Institute, Houston
  • Willie Hutchinson, Texas State Technical College, Waco, Texas
  • Scot Johnson, Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton, Okla.
  • Blake Kizer, Scott Community College, Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Charles Kovach, Highland Community College, Freeport, Ill.
  • Billy Logan, Cleveland County Community College, Shelby, N.C.
  • Randell Lute, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Marvin Martin, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Valdosta, Ga.
  • Gerald Howell, WITC, Rice Lake, Wis.
  • Matthew Moody, Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas
  • Pedro Moreno, Autry Technology Center, Enid, Okla.
  • Christopher Mussel, Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, N.C.
  • William Plont, Athens Technical College, Athens, Ga.
  • Erick Rebelukag, Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, Wash.
  • Javier Rey, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, Texas
  • Aaron Rhines, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, Wash.
  • Robert Rioux, Universal Technical Institute, Houston
  • Alexander Romero II, Morgan Community College, Fort Morgan, Colo.
  • Dariel Saldana, Automotive Training Center, Warminster, Pa.
  • Aaron Schaffer, Ivy Tech Community College, Terre Haute, Ind.
  • Joseph Schmidt, Washburn Institute of Technology, Topeka, Kan.
  • Ramiro Serrano, Universal Technical Institute, Houston
  • Doug Smallwood, Lake Technical College, Eustis, Fla.
  • Matthew Smith, Lenoir Community College, Kinston, N.C.
  • Joshua Tapia, Universal Technical Institute, Houston, Texas
  • Brandon Thames, Itawamba Community College, Tupelo, Miss.
  • Jacob Talsma, Ridgewater College, Willmar, Minn.
  • Austin Vorasith, DMACC, Ankeny, Iowa
  • Eric Wade, Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock, Ark.
  • Leeland Warren, Morgan County Community College, Fort Morgan, Colo.
  • Randall Wright, Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton, Okla.

3M Hire Our Heroes – Veteran Family Award Recipients

  • Caelan Campbell Automotive Technology Center, Troutman N.C.
  • Ashley McNamara Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Vaughn Weaver Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Denovario Goode Gadsden State, Anniston, Ala.

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