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May 13, 2011—Craftsman awarded 17 collision repair students with a tool grant scholarship through the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).

Each student will receive a 268-piece mechanic tool set along with a lift-top lid case, Microtork torque wrench and 10-drawer ball-bearing tool chest.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Collision Repair Education Foundation to arm these students with Craftsman tools, and in turn help them on their journey to becoming professionals in their trade,” said Kris Malkoski, vice president and general manager of Craftsman.

The student recipients of the 2011 Craftsman tool grant include:

• Claudia Linda Carr, Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, Texas
• Candice Mae Churchill, Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Wash.
• Justin Furman, Tuscola Technology Center in Caro, Mich.
• Blake Grover, College of Western Idaho in Boise, Idaho
• Jeff Hines, Cypress College in Cypress, Calif.
• Nina Hunter, Weber State University in Ogden, Utah
• Justin Jaszewski, WyoTech in Laramie, Wyo.
• Matthew Jozwiak, Tuscola Technology Center in Caro, Mich.
• Melissa Mayberry, Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, N.C.
• Joshua Ortiz, Cypress College in Cypress, Calif.
• Ulises Pina, Dennis Technical Education Center in Boise, Idaho
• Brianda Flores Ruiz, Southeast Career Technical Academy in Las Vegas, Nev.
• Christina Sepulveda, Middleburg High School in Middleburg, Fla.
• Franky Skiles, Area 30 Career Center in Greencastle, Ind.
• Matthew Dylan Smith, Lecroy Career Technical Center in Clanton, Ala.
• Patrick Nolan Smith, Lecroy Career Technical Center in Clanton, Ala.
• David Stotts, Portland Community College in Portland, Ore.

“Craftsman has helped fuel the future of the collision industry through their annual spring student tool grants and as a long-time sponsor our student technician shirts fundraiser,” said Scott Kruger, executive director of the CREF. “Through these Craftsman tool grants, students are provided the equipment necessary to further their careers.”

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