The Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) announced that the John Mattos Memorial Tool Scholarship through the Jerry Dalton Memorial Education Fund has awarded the 2010 recipient Ryan Faurot with his new tools, just as the opening of the 2011 application process begins.
"The tools will help me a lot because I didn’t have tools to start out with," said Faurot. "This will give me a good start in the industry. Joe Mattos seemed very excited to personally give me the tools and explain the reason for the scholarship. It’s really an honor to receive the scholarship."
"It was such a moving thing to have someone from the Mattos’ family turn out to be the giver of the first tool award from the Joe Mattos Memorial Tool Scholarship," said Jordan Hendler, WMABA executive director. "It was fitting that Ryan is learning to become a painter, so that Joe Mattos (Jr.) could be the one who handed him the boost to get his career a jumpstart."
"It’s great to see such a fantastic result come from the education initiatives within the association," said WMABA President Brad Whiteford. "The Joe Mattos Memorial Tool Scholarship is one way that the Jerry Dalton Education Fund uses industry funding to make a difference for the future of our industry."
Application submissions from currently enrolled students and recent graduates (within the past one year) who reside within Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., will now be accepted for the $1,000 scholarship. As part of the longstanding Jerry Dalton Memorial Education Fund (JDMEF) within WMABA, the tool scholarship was enacted in memory of the late John Mattos, Sr., of Mattos Pro Finishes.
Applications for the John Mattos Memorial Tool Scholarship will be accepted through June 30, 2011.
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For information regarding the Jerry Dalton Memorial Education Fund or WMABA activities, contact the WMABA Administration office at (804) 789-9649 or visit the WMABA website.