2015 marks the third year 3M has partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) in support of the collision repair industry and our nation's veterans. Since 2013, 3M has donated $500,000 to be used towards scholarships and tool grants for military veterans and their family members.
3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and CREF are proud to announce the 43 winners of this year's 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The winners include 35 students who are currently studying collision repair, and who have served or are currently serving in the military. Each winning student had the opportunity to select $3,000 worth of tools to help them in their education, and for employment after graduation.
"Our nation's military veterans deserve every opportunity to get a great start in our industry," said Dale Ross, U.S. Marketing Operations Manager at 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. "We are happy to continue to give back to those who have served in our military through the 3M Hire our Heroes program, and wish them all great success in their future careers."
"The future of our industry starts with these students," said Mark Algie, Business Development Manager, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. "Our job is to not only provide the leading-edge training they need to succeed, but to also make sure that the latest tools, repair materials, and standard operating procedures are available to them."
Grants are available for qualifying returning veterans and family members. Grants may be used for tuition, school fees, tools, textbooks and equipment at qualifying technical schools. For additional information and to apply, visit CollisionEducationFoundation.org.
3M Hire Our Heroes Grant Recipients:
In addition, eight collision students that have immediate family members that served or are serving in the military were selected as scholarship winners. Each student received a scholarship between $1,000-$2,500 to help with their education costs.