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Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces Sulkala Family Scholarship Recipient

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) has announced that Joseph Silbaugh of Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minn., has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Sulkala Family Scholarship.

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) has announced that Joseph Silbaugh of Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minn., has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Sulkala Family Scholarship. Silbaugh will receive a $2,000 scholarship to fund his education in the collision industry. 

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The Sulkala Family scholarship program honors National Auto Body Council founder and longtime executive director Chuck Sulkala, who retired last year. Sulkala is also a trustee emeriti of the foundation.

“The Sulkala family has given so much to this industry, it’s an honor to keep that influence going and support the next generation of collision industry professionals” said Stacy Bartnik, who is both a past chair of the CREF Board of Trustees and of the NABC. “Chuck’s dedication to the future of the industry through his longstanding support of the foundation since it was founded 28 years ago makes this scholarship a natural way to ensure that the Sulkala Family continues to help our industry into the future.”

Individuals and companies who wish to contribute to the Sulkala scholarship fund can:

  • Donate online on the CREF website and select the Sulkala scholarship
  • Text SULKALA to 91999
  • Mail a check to CREF at 5125 Trillium Blvd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
  • Contact CREF Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at (312) 231-0258.

Industry members interested in working together with CREF in establishing a scholarship program or supporting secondary and post-secondary collision repair students, instructors and their school programs should contact Brandon Eckenrode at (312) 231-0258 or [email protected].

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