3M, CREF Honor 52 People With Hire Our Heroes Awards

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May 31, 2017—3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, awarded 52 recipients in the 2017 3M Hire Our Heroes awards.

The recipients included 40 students that are currently studying collision repair, and who have served or are currently serving in the military.

Each winning veteran student had the opportunity to select $1,500 worth of tools as part of the award. For those students graduating this year, they have the opportunity to select an additional $1,500 in tools upon graduation and upon getting hired into the collision industry. There were additional $1,000 scholarships for select veterans.

In addition, six collision students who have immediate family members who served or are serving in the military were selected as scholarship winners. Each student received an award of $2,500 to help with their education costs.

This is the fifth year that 3M has partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in support of our industry and our nation's veterans. Since 2013, the 3M Hire Our Heroes program has generated $825,000 to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for military veterans and their family members. Nearly 270 military veterans and their families have already received scholarships and grants.

“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 is our way of showing our gratitude for their service, while helping our industry by preparing what will be great future employees.”

The Collision Repair Education Foundation is looking to help connect these students with industry businesses who would be interested in meeting and potentially hiring them. If your business is interested in hiring one of the winning students, please email your business information including location to the Collision Repair Education Foundation and the organization will help introduce both parties for potential employment opportunities.


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