Hoffman Estates, Ill. (June 30, 2021) –
Driven Brands and the Collision Repair Education Foundation partnered yet again to award Tim Clark Memorial Scholarships to four fortunate collision repair students. Recipients were chosen from a pool of high school seniors and post-secondary students who have demonstrated their passion for and desire to enter the collision repair industry. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship to be used toward tuition, books, and tools.
“As industry leaders, we need to raise awareness about opportunities within our field and support future technicians by providing these vocational schools with much-needed resources,” said Matt Bell, Vice President of Franchise Services, Driven Brands. “In partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, we are excited about the potential we are seeing in these talented students, and we hope these funds fuel the growth of collision repair programs.”
The recipients of the 2021 Tim Clark Memorial Scholarships include:
- Kevin Perez (Warren Tech – Lakewood, CO)
- Mark Simmons (Kennedy-King College – Chicago, IL)
- Alfredo Valladares (Kennedy-King College – Chicago, IL)
- Jimena Villalobos Centeno (Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park, MN)
The Tim Clark Memorial Scholarship was established in 2015 after Tim Clark, a 37-year industry veteran and executive at Fix Auto USA, passed away. As a strong advocate for education and seeking one’s higher purpose in life, Clark left directions and funding to initiate the scholarship, which was embraced by Driven Brands and CREF in an effort to continue his legacy.
Donations can be made to the Foundation in direct support of the Fix Auto USA—Tim Clark Memorial Scholarship to ensure more students have continued access to an education in the collision repair industry.
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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