CREF announces makeover school grant winners

Nov. 17, 2014
The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2014 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant winners have been announced.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2014 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant winners were announced at the organization’s annual industry reception held during the SEMA show in Las Vegas where over $200,000 in grants were awarded. Over 100 high school and college collision school programs from across the country applied for this grant and each of the 2014 winning schools will have their $50,000 wish list fulfilled through the Collision Repair Education Foundation and industry donors/supporters. The 2014 Makeover applicant schools have already received over $1.5 million (in total) in product donations, which averages to roughly $15,000 donated to each applicant school just for applying for the grant.

2014 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover $50,000 School Grant Secondary Winner

Thomas A. Edison CTE High School (Jamaica, NY)

2014 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover $50,000 School Grant Post-Secondary Winner

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (Lancaster, PA)

The Collision Repair Education Foundation also awarded several runner-up Makeover grant schools and each of these schools will have $5,000-$15,000 of their collision program wish lists fulfilled:

2014 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Secondary Runner-Up School Recipients

East Valley Institute of Technology (Mesa, AZ)

Lex La-Ray Technical Center (Lexington, MO)

Norwalk High School (Norwalk, CA)

Technical College High School Brandywine Campus (Downington, PA)

2014 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Post-Secondary Runner-Up School Recipients

Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington, NC)

Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA)

Erie Community College (Orchard Park, NY)

The goal of the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant is to honor a school that has been doing an outstanding job in educating students in collision repair, but needs some financial assistance to improve their program’s teaching materials and equipment. With strained school budgets, the Education Foundation and industry supporters have the opportunity to bridge the program’s financial gap and to make a difference in the lives of the students studying collision repair. As part of the Makeover grant application, schools provide an itemized wish list which can include any tools, supplies, and equipment that are needed by the collision program.

Companies interested in sponsoring a 2015 Makeover grant and questions regarding the Education Foundation’s efforts to support the future of the collision industry should contact Education Foundation Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at [email protected] or 847.463.5244.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing donations that support philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation visit us on the Internet at:

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