Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces Second Round of Awards

From CollisionWeek News


The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced the second and final round of collision student scholarships and tool grant winners for the $300,000+ in opportunities facilitated through the Collision Repair Education Foundation this spring.

Alcoa Foundation

The Alcoa Foundation aluminum repair training grants were funded by a $40,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation. The selected instructor and student pairs will attend aluminum repair technical training at the I-CAR Tech Centre in Appleton, WI this summer.

The 2013 Alcoa Foundation aluminum repair training grant recipients include (student & instructor):

Borislav Bojanov & Jim Hicks – Lake Washington Institute of Tech. (Kirkland, WA)
David Marstall & Eric Showalter – Washburn Tech (Topeka, KS)
Greg Knuuttila & Gregory Brink – Kishwaukee Community College (Malta, IL)
Jack Haramut & Cliff Styles – Greenville Technical College (Greenville, SC)
Joshua Hagle & Tom Phillips – Hennepin Technical College (Brooklyn Park, MN)
Jovanny Jimenez & Clint Campbell – Texas State Technical College (Waco, TX)
Justin Furman & Scott Malnar – Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI)
Kenneth Powell & Kenneth McMillian – Kennedy King College (Chicago, IL)
Logan Salisbury & Alvie D. Smith – Butler Community College (El Dorado, KS)
Mason Tanley & Jay Winters – South Central College (North Mankato, MN)
Nina Hunter & Justin Tate – Weber State University (Ogden, UT)
Ricardo Castro & Dan Norton – Walla Walla Community College (Kennewick, WA)
Robin Issak & Mark Millbauer – Green River Community College (Auburn, WA)
Sean Brons & Steven Youngs – Northwest Iowa Community College (Sheldon, IA)
Tessa Brammer & Robert Benning – Laramie Cty Community Coll (Cheyenne, WY)
Trevor Walmer & Tim Hoege – Madison College (Madison, WI)
Trevor Multhaup & Bruce Graffunder – Dunwoody College of Tech (Minneapolis, MN)

“Automotive OEMs have used aluminum to improve the performance, safety and fuel efficiency of their vehicles for nearly 100 years and today it is the second-most used material to make cars,” said Randall Scheps, global director of automotive for Alcoa. “Repairing aluminum is just like repairing other materials and this great program from the Collision Repair Education Foundation should help people in the industry see firsthand that it’s actually very doable. We just need to educate people.”

Sterling Autobody

Sterling Autobody has awarded $27,000 in collision student scholarships and tool grants through the Foundation. This support will provide the students with both the financial assistance to complete their technical education and provide the necessary tools for the students to be capable and efficient members of the collision industry upon graduation

The student winners of the 2013 spring Sterling Autobody include:

Oscar Casas-Barajas – Cypress College (Cypress, CA)
Award: $2,500 scholarship and $3,000 tool grant

Adalberto Cardenas – Kennedy King College (Chicago, IL)
Award: $2,500 scholarship and $3,000 tool grant

Tommy Love – Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES (Spencerport, NY)
Award: $2,500 scholarship and $3,000 tool grant

Jose Zavala – Central County Occupational Center (San Jose, CA)
Award: $2,500 scholarship and $3,000 tool grant

Keith Totten – Lake Tech Center (Eustis, FL)
Award: $2,000 scholarship

Amanda Johnson – Weber State University (Ogden, UT)
Award: $1,000 scholarship

Shawn Durante – Lake Tech Center (Eustis, FL)
Award: $1,000 scholarship

Sterling Autobody Centers President Nick Notte noted, “Sterling supports the direction of the Collision Repair Education Foundation, funding the education and tools needed to develop our next generation of collision repairers. I challenge all of my colleagues in our inter-industry community, to become involved with the Foundation to create your next group of employees, customers and those who will lead when we are gone”.

ABRA Auto Body & Glass

ABRA Auto Body & Glass awarded eight collision students each with $2,000 in tools through a spring tool grant opportunity with the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The tool grant was made available to select high school seniors and post-secondary students studying in collision repair programs. The winning students were able to select $2,000 (retail value) in tools and equipment from the NATEF tool list.

The student winners of the 2013 ABRA Auto Body & Glass spring tool grant include:

James Gross – Warren Tech (Lakewood, CO)
Mike Thompson – Laramie Community College (Cheyenne, CO)
Tessa Brammer – Laramie Community College (Cheyenne, WY)
Nina Hunter – Weber State University (Ogden, UT)
Jessie Jensen – Bridgerland Applied Technology College (Logan, UT)
Rodney Dean – Lincoln College of Technology (Indianapolis, IN)
Huey Lewis – Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis, MN)
Joshua Hausman – Lincoln College of Technology (Nashville, TN)

“We are extremely thrilled and proud to be partnering with the Collision Repair Education Foundation and supporting such a worthwhile cause,” says Michelle DeMarais, National Recruiting Manager for ABRA. “Awarding grants to these eight students is a tremendous opportunity to help them further their educational aspirations in the collision repair field.”

Chicago Pneumatic

Chicago Pneumatic has supported secondary and post-secondary collision students by providing a student tool grant through the Foundation. Ten collision students were selected from 480 applications and each winning student will receive a Chicago Pneumatic air tool kit which includes an impact wrench, air hammer, die grinder, reversible air drill, and an air sander. Each tool grant for the students is valued at over $1,100.

The student winners of the 2013 spring Chicago Pneumatic grant include:

Secondary
Brian Stade – Applied Technology Center (Rock Hill, SC)
Shelby Williams – Applied Technology Center (Rock Hill, SC)
Vince Struve – Carrigan Career Center (Wichita Falls, TX)
Cristian Mojarro – Southeast Career Technical Academy (Las Vegas, NV)
Adam White – Sikeston High School (Sikeston, MO)

Post-Secondary
Tyler Perkins – Northwest Wisconsin Technology College (Green Bay, WI)
Tessa Brammer – Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, WY)
Erik Torres – Texas State Technical College (Harlingen, TX)
Tyler Hardin – OSU Institute of Technology (Okmulgee, OK)
Jonathan Thigpin – Rolla Technical Institute (Rolla, MO)

“Chicago Pneumatic is proud to sponsor the Collision Repair Education Foundation through its student tool grant program,” said Marvin Spehar, Marketing Communications Manager Chicago Pneumatic Tools. “It’s important that this emerging talent has the tools needed to enter the workforce ready to begin their careers.”

Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee

The Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee awarded a $9,000 student scholarship to James Perez of Maxwell High School of Technology (Lawrenceville, GA) through the Collision Repair Education Foundation this spring. This scholarship will assist Perez with education costs to continue his technical education study of collision repair. Funding for this scholarship was made possible through the committee hosting annual golf and car show fundraiser events.

“We are very pleased that we could help another student in Atlanta join our industry,” says Gerry Poirier Chairman of the Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee.

I-CAR Southeast Regional Manager German Meija noted, “The Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee is a group of over 40 volunteers in various aspect of the collision industry. From shop managers, owners, insurance claims, and supply venders. I am very proud of our committee in Atlanta. They give so much because they truly care about collision repair.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “I would like to congratulate the Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee on their incredible job to come together as group and help raise funds and support for their local collision school programs and students. Through car shows, golf fundraisers, and other events, this local committee has been able to raise over $75,000 that goes toward supporting the technical education of their local collision students.”

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes

Winners of the Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes collision student tool grants have been selected and each will receive a primer pack valued at $350 each. The tool grants were available to secondary and post-secondary collision students.

The 2013 Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes primer pack tool grant recipients include:

Secondary
Erick Escobar – Norwalk High School (Norwalk, CA)
Brian Stade – Applied Technology Center (Rock Hill, SC)
Monica Reyes-Zapata – Maxwell High School of Technology (Lawrenceville, GA)
Shelby Williams – Applied Technology Center (Rock Hill, SC)

Post-Secondary
Tyler Perkins – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay, WI)
Tessa Brammer – Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, WY)
Erik Torres – Texas State Technical College (Harlingen, TX)
Tyler Hardin – OSU Institute of Technology (Okmulgee, OK)
Daniel Mora – Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA)
Kathryn Carter – El Camino College (Torrance, CA)
Andrea Yager – Clackamas Community College (Oregon City, OR)
Kevin Young – Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington, NC)

I-CAR Northwest Region

The I-CAR Northwest Region has awarded two $1000 collision student scholarships through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Collision students from Washington were eligible to receive these scholarships. Funding for these scholarships was made possible through the local I-CAR volunteer committee hosting fundraising events.

The 2013 I-CAR Northeast Region collision student scholarship winners include:

Thomas Bernhofer – Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Kirkland, WA)
Zoe Gorow – Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Kirkland, WA)

I-CAR Northeast Regional Manager Bob Mickey noted, “I want to offer a very special thanks to all of the sponsors and players that participated helping us make this first annual golf fundraiser a success. This year we will again be at the Redmond Ridge Golf Club, Cole Creek, WA. Please mark your calendars for Sept 18. The industry will soon receive the latest update of the ‘Industry Snapshot’, a joint effort between the Collision Repair Education Foundation and I CAR. The survey results will show demographics that will be affecting everyone. This will only reinforce our needs to be proactive in every endeavor to assist and increase the flow of new technicians into our industry.”

Inter-industry organizations and individuals who are interested in supporting the Education Foundation and increasing the amount of assistance provided to collision schools and students should contact Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847-463-5244.

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