3M, Collision Repair Education Foundation Announce Winners of Hire Our Heroes Scholarships, Tool Grants
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3M, Collision Repair Education Foundation Announce Winners of Hire Our Heroes Scholarships, Tool Grants

The annual 3M scholarship and tool grant is offered to collision repair students who are serving or who have recently served in the military.

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3M and the Collision Repair Education Foundation have announced the winners of this year’s 3M Hire our Heroes scholarships and tool grants.

The annual 3M scholarship and tool grant is offered to collision repair students who are serving or who have recently served in the military. Some awards also are available to their immediate family members who also are studying collision repair.

Awards are granted based on three criteria: financial need, future plans and past academic achievement.

The following seven family members of veterans will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship each:

  • Seth Thompson of Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Rachel Nunley of Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton, Okla.
  • Tyler Thompson of Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Michelle Carroll of Metro Community College in Omaha, Neb.
  • Andrew Foster of Stanly Community College in Albermarle, N.C.
  • Mitchell Franklin of Lake Career and Technical Center in Camdenton, Mo.
  • Kimberly Sanchez of Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Calif.

In addition, 12 veterans were granted $2,000 scholarships. The veteran scholarship winners are:

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  • Anthony Armstrong of TCAT in Crossville, Tenn.
  • Branden Kleppe of Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Clement Nizeyimana of Universal Technical Institute in Houston, Texas
  • Enock Ongera of Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minn.
  • Hector Corujo of Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas
  • Jose Manuel Rodriguez Lozada of Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas
  • Mitchell Edwards of Eastfield Community College in Mesquite, Texas
  • Richard Kasper of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.
  • Robert Richard of Stanly Community College in Albemarle, N.C.
  • Steven Norton of Cleveland Community College in Shelby, N.C.
  • Summer Reierson of South Plains College in Levelland, Texas
  • Vicky Lambert of Lake Technical College in Eustis, Fla.

There were 40 veterans who were awarded tool grants. The veteran tool-grant winners are:

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  • Christopher Abrahim (Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, N.C.)
  • Anthony Armstrong (Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Crossville, Tenn.)
  • Matthew Banks (Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Athens in Athens, Tenn.)
  • Dean Brackenbury (Manhattan Area Technical College in Manhattan, Kan.)
  • Marcus Chambers (Manhattan Area Technical College in Manhattan, Kan.)
  • Jason W. Coleman (Gadsden State Community in Gadsden, Ala.)
  • Hector Corujo (Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas)
  • Jeffery Dancy (Manhattan Area Technical College in Manhattan, Kan.)
  • Mitchell Edwards (Eastfield community collage in Mesquite, Texas)
  • German Escobar (Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, Texas)
  • Richard Gales (UTI in Houston, Texas)
  • Lewayne Goodwin (Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Ala.)
  • Christopher Griffin (Manhattan Tech in Manhattan, Kan.)
  • Lawrence Harris (College of Lake County in Grayslake Campus, Ill.)
  • John Horchak (Cleveland Community College in Shelby, S.C.)
  • Curtis Jones (Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Ala.)
  • Charmoines Jordan (Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, N.C.)
  • Richard Kasper (Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.)
  • Branden Kleppe (Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa)
  • Vicky Lambert (Lake Technical College in Eustis, Fla.)
  • Jorge Molina (Miami Lakes Technical College in Miami Lakes, Fla.)
  • Shaun Moylan (Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta, Ga.)
  • Linda Myers (Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • Clement Nizeyimana (Universal Technical institute in Houston, Texas)
  • Steven Norton (Cleveland Community College in Shelby, N.C.)
  • Enock Ongera (Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minn.)
  • Joey Paredez (Technical College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville, Tenn.)
  • John Pitts (Lincoln College of Technology in Nashville)
  • Clevious Porter (Gadsden State Community College in Anniston, Ala.)
  • Summer Reierson (South Plains College in Levelland, Texas)
  • Robert Richard (Stanly Community College in Albemarle, N.C.)
  • Jose Manuel Rodriguez Lozada (Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas)
  • Morris Rothfeldt (Lincoln College of Technology in Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Brandi Scott (Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, N.C.)
  • Jason Sherrell (Lincoln College of Technology in Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Arthur Smith (Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta, Ga.)
  • Isaias Velazquez (HCC Ybor City Campus Training Center in Tampa, Fla.)
  • Ronald Wendling (Southwest Technical College in Fennimore, Wis.)
  • Michael Wenger (Suncoast Technical College in Sarasota, Fla.)
  • Devan Westerlund (Suncoast Technical College in Sarasota, Fla.)

“We are truly honored to work with our partners at the Collision Repair Education Foundation to help ensure our military veterans receive the tools and training they need to begin rewarding careers in the automotive repair industry,” said Dale Ross, U.S. marketing operations manager for the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “We continue to drive the message to our collision shop owners that when you ‘Hire Our Heroes’ you get excellent employees with great skills and work ethic.”

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Industry members interested in working together with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in supporting secondary and post-secondary collision repair students, instructors and their school programs should contact Brandon Eckenrode at (847) 463.5244 or [email protected].

 

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