Hoffman Estates, Ill. (June 30, 2021) –
The Collision Repair Education Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of its 2021 Board of Trustees Scholarships, Lon Baudoux Memorial Scholarships, and Sulkala Family Scholarship. Including these awards, the Foundation has facilitated the industry’s generosity to fund over $100,000 in 2021 scholarships as part of its ongoing efforts to support future collision repair industry professionals as they obtain their educations.
“We are honored to be able to help these students with the education costs,” said Melissa Marscin, Director of Operations and Administration for CREF. “Each one of these students has a strong drive and passion for collision repair, and we look forward to welcoming them in the industry.”
Two students will receive $2,000 Collision Repair Education Foundation Board of Trustees Scholarships:
- Chloe Harvey (Mid-Coast School of Technology – Rockland, ME)
- Samuel Roble (Southeast Technical College – Winona, MN)
Funded by current members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, this scholarship provides students with financial assistance to be used towards tuition and other costs associated with their education in collision repair.
The Sulkala Family Scholarship, valued at $1,500 each, was awarded to:
- Joshua Campos (Warren Tech – Lakewood, CO)
- Cody Thomas (Kirkwood Community College – Cedar Rapids, IA)
Administered by the Foundation, the Sulkala Family Scholarship was created to honor the 50-year career and legacy of Chuck Sulkala, founder and executive director of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), who retired in 2018.
The recipient of a $7,000 Lon Baudoux Memorial Scholarship was:
- Isaiah Mckie (Warren Tech – Lakewood, CO)
Created to honor Lon Baudoux, I-CAR Development Manager who passed away in 2008, the Lon Baudoux Memorial Scholarship is funded primarily by I-CAR staff and instructors who worked with Baudoux, in recognition of the importance he placed on secondary and post-secondary collision repair students receiving a proper education. Scholarship funds are designed to help students finance their education. Recipients are selected based on academic excellence, as well as participation in outside activities, such as sports, clubs, and volunteer work.
Secondary and post-secondary collision repair education students were eligible for these awards, which provide students with financial support to enable them to continue their education and prepare them for a successful career in body shops around the country.
Industry members interested in getting involved and supporting the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s efforts to assist secondary and post-secondary collision repair training programs should contact Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development, at 312-231-0258 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org. Monetary donations can be made online.
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.
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