Hoffman Estates, Ill. (JUNE 12, 2018) – The Collision Repair Education Foundation and the National Auto Body Council (NABC) are proud to announce the recipient of the Chuck Sulkala NABC Appreciation Scholarship. The Sulkala scholarship program honors NABC Founder and longtime executive director Chuck Sulkala who retired earlier this year. Sullkala is also a Trustee Emeriti of the Foundation.
The 2018 Chuck Sulkala NABC Appreciation Scholarship recipient, Cody Bayless (Washburn Tech, Topeka, KS) will receive a $2,000 scholarship to fund his education in the collision industry. Bayless has participated in numerous activities including Recycled Rides, SkillsUSA and Toys for Tots.
“It is an honor to have the Collision Repair Education Foundation give out the first of what we plan to be an annual scholarship in the name of a family that has given so much to this industry,” said Stacy Bartnik who is both a past chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees and of the National Auto Body Council. “Chuck is one of my mentors and has been an influence on not only my career, but those of many of us in the industry. This scholarship will help ensure that the Sulkala Family influence continues to help our industry into the future.”
How to donate to the Chuck Sulkala NABC Appreciation Scholarship
Individuals and companies who wish to contribute to the Sulkala scholarship fund can:
- Donate online on the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) website and select the Sulkala scholarship.
- Text SULKALA to 91999.
- Mail check to CREF at 5125 Trillium Blvd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60192.
- Contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847-463-5244.
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 Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL AUTO BODY COUNCIL:
The National Auto Body Council is the premier organization of collision industry partners dedicated to strategic networking opportunities that positively change lives in the communities we serve.
The collaborative membership of the National Auto Body Council has gifted over 1,700 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for over 1,000 First Responders and contributed to thousands of distracted driving pledges in communities through NABC Recycled Rides™, First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) and the Distracted Driving Initiative. That effort equates to a 4:1 ROI in dollar value delivered from NABC membership dollars.
The National Auto Body Council is changing the paradigm of how the collision industry works and is viewed. For more information, visit www.NationalautoBodyCouncil.org.
About the Collision Repair Education Foundation:
The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation visit us online at: www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.