HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – January 15, 2014 – The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2014 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant application is now available online at the Education Foundation’s web site (www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org), and must be completed by June 6, 2014. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded, with over $100,000 in prizes available. Instructors are advised to begin the application early and industry professionals are encouraged to get involved with the Makeover grant by working with their local school’s collision instructors to help them apply. The Makeover grant is available to high school and college collision school programs nationwide, with priority going to not-for-profit/public schools. The winning schools will be announced during SEMA 2014.
“Those collision school programs that complete the Makeover application are at the top of our priority list to assist as they have taken the time to complete the application and provide us with their itemized collision wish list,” noted Director of Grant Program Melissa Marscin. “It is because of this, we highly encourage collision industry members to help get their local schools involved so that they don’t miss out on the millions of dollars in donations that the Education Foundation provides every year through our supporters.”
As part of the Makeover grant application, schools provide their own, itemized wish list, which can include any tools, supplies, and equipment that are needed by the collision program. The organization’s Board of Trustees Selection Committee will select the winners of the awards and determine what items off the wish lists each school will receive.
The goal of the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant is to honor a school that has been doing an outstanding job in educating students in collision repair, but needs some financial assistance to improve their program’s teaching materials and equipment. With strained school budgets, the Education Foundation and industry supporters have the opportunity to bridge the program’s financial gap and to make a difference in the lives of the students studying collision repair.
The Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant and other collision student and school support opportunities provided by the Collision Repair Education Foundation are made possible through industry donations. If you are interested in getting involved with the Foundation and joining its efforts to support the future of the collision industry, please contact Foundation Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.