Hoffman Estates, Ill. (June 30, 2022) –
Service King contributed $6,000 to the collision industry’s future by awarding two annual Service King Way Grant: In Honor of Mario Malacara Scholarships. Established in 2017, the Service King Way Grant honors the memory of Mario Malacara, an admired member of the Service King family, who dedicated his life to improving the collision industry through mentorship and legislative efforts. His legacy lives on through the grant, allowing him to continue inspiring the next generation of collision repair professionals.
“The Mario Malacara Scholarship memorializes his commitment to our company and our industry,” said Service King CHRO Sean Huurman. “We are honored to continue Mario’s legacy through this scholarship. In keeping with our core value of service, a value Mario lived daily, we are confident we can have a real and meaningful impact on future generations entering the collision repair business.”
Two $3,000 Service King Way Grants: In Honor of Mario Malacara were awarded to:
- Alex Cazanas: shown to the left (Collin County Community College – Allen, TX)
- Alan Tovias (Universal Technical Institute – Houston, TX)
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.
Service King has supported the efforts of the Collision Repair Education Foundation since 1994. For additional information about Service King, visit www.serviceking.com.
Including these awards, the industry’s generosity has allowed CREF to fund nearly $150,000 in 2022 scholarships and tool grants as part of its ongoing efforts to support future collision repair industry professionals as they obtain their educations.
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, Managing Director, 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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