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CREF Awards $130K in Scholarships to Collision Students

With the industry’s support, CREF's scholarships benefitted nearly 90 collision students, the organization said.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced the recipients of its 2023 scholarships and tool grants, funded through the generosity of a multitude of industry partners – both small and large. With the industry’s support, CREF funded over $130,000 in 2023 scholarships and tool grants, benefitting nearly 90 individual collision students, as part of its ongoing efforts to support future collision repair industry professionals as they obtain their educations.

“CREF is honored to recognize these outstanding students through the 2023 scholarships and tool grants,” said Melissa Marscin, director of operations and administration for CREF. “These students are truly committed to pursuing their education and in becoming part of the collision industry, and we hope these awards help to contribute to their successful careers.”

3M funded over $30,000 in scholarships and tool grants to benefit military veterans around the country and help them further their careers. In addition to a $2,000 Hire Our Heroes Scholarship and three traditional Hire Our Heroes Tool Grants (valued at $1,500 each), 3M also awarded $500 tool grants to 50 students, with eligibility being established through completion of an abridged application.

Read more about all of the winners here.

The foundation also hosted its 21st Annual Golf Fundraiser, co-hosted by PPG Automotive Finishes, and raised over $100,000 to support collision repair programs, schools and students around the country. The event was held July 19 at the Hillcrest Country Club in Indianapolis, IN. It hosted 144 golfers and over two dozen sponsors and industry supporters.

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