The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) announced that the scholarship winners for 2016 have been selected. Recipients of WIN scholarships have demonstrated their desire to excel in the field of collision repair and will receive tuition assistance as well as educational opportunities.
The College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award is presented to students enrolled in a postsecondary collision repair technology program. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their postsecondary education in collision repair and a one-year WIN membership. Several of the scholarship recipients will also have their 2016 WIN Educational Conference registration fee and travel expenses subsidized.
This year’s recipients include:
Berlin attends North Arkansas Community College in Harrison, Ark. After completing her associate’s degree, she will be attending the University of Arkansas to get her bachelor’s in applied science. Berlin plans on working in body shops and would also like to work in the insurance industry as an adjuster.
Bonds attends Lake Technical College in Eustis, Fla. She hopes to get a job at Service King after she graduates in November. She enjoys every aspect of the collision industry, but her long-term goal is to own her own shop.
McInerney attends Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Crossville, Tenn. McInerney aspires to a career painting cars or detailing/pinstriping and restoration.
Storey attends Universal Technical Institute in Houston. She plans to own a small shop someday and to promote women in the industry. She has found her passion in doing body work. She has a four-year degree in business administration, which she feels will help her when she opens her own business.
Zak attends North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Zak (her nickname) started her career in an administrative role before deciding to enroll in a two-year auto technician program. After her first year, she transferred to an auto collision program. Zak is looking forward to working as an estimator or body technician when her schooling is completed.
In addition to tuition scholarships, recipients will have the opportunity to be mentored by a Most Influential Women (MIW) Honoree or a member of the WIN Board of Directors. The MIW awards will be presented during the 2016 WIN Educational Conference May 2-4 in Tampa, Fla. Scholarship winners attending the conference will have the opportunity to meet their mentors at that time.