Collision Repair Education Foundation awards $90K in grants

May 25, 2011

May 25, 2011 Twelve collision repair students throughout the country received grants from the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) as part of $90,000 in grants given away in April.

The grants help students with tuition and other costs associated with their collision repair secondary and post-secondary education.

The recipients are:

  • Eric Rhom, Dennis Technical Education in Boise, Idaho, $5,000 for secondary education costs;
  • Johnathan Freeders, Ohio Technical College  in Cleveland, Ohio, $5,000 for post-secondary education costs;
  • Chance Brickner, Sentinel Career Center, Tiffin, Ohio, $2,000 for secondary education costs;
  • Joseph Burke, Technical Education Center, Bedford, Texas, $2,000 for secondary education costs;
  • Jesse Lapinski, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northampton, Mass., $2,000 for secondary education costs;
  • Colton Tomisek, Kishwaukee College, Malta, Ill., $2,000 for secondary education costs;
  • Wayne Ashley, Green River Community College, Auburn, Wash., $2,000 for post-secondary education costs;
  • Daryl Edwin Barrell, Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, Minn., $2,000 for post-secondary education costs;
  • Nicole Moore, Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan, Kan., $2,000 for post-secondary education costs;
  • Donald Nunn, Longview Community College, Lee's Summit, Mo., $2,000 for post-secondary education costs;
  • Justin Furman, Tuscola Technology Center, Caro, Mich., $1,000 for the Lon Baudoux Legacy Scholarship;
  • Tony Carr, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, Texas, $2,000 for the Collision Repair Education Foundation Board of Trustees Scholarship.

"It is the collective efforts of everyone in the collision industry that will allow us to support collision repair schools and students to the levels the need and deserve," said Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Scott Kruger. "Our foundation's name and these scholarships reflect that combined commitment of the entire collision repair community to invest in the future of these young men and women as we invest in the future of our industry. Thanks to all our donors that make this possible."

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