The recipients included students who have served or are currently serving in the military and their family members.
This is the sixth year that 3M has partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in support of our industry and our nation's veterans. Since 2013, the 3M Hire Our Heroes program has generated more than $1,065,500 to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for military veterans and their family members. Nearly 330 military veterans and their families have already received scholarships and grants.
This year, each winning veteran student had the opportunity to select $1,500 worth of tools as part of the award. For those students graduating this year, they have the opportunity to select an additional $1,500 in tools upon graduation and upon getting hired into the collision industry. There were additional $1,000 scholarships for select veterans.
2018 3M Hire Our Heroes Veteran and Active Duty Tool Grant and Scholarship Recipients
Anthony Noffsinger, Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, WA U.S. Army, National Guard
Anderson Merchant, Texas State Technical College, Waco, TX, U.S. Marine Corps
Chad Brubaker, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI U.S. Navy
Rebekka Rollison, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC, U.S. Navy
Michael Boggs, Wiregrass Technical College, Valdosta, GA U.S. Air Force
Christopher Yates, Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC U.S. Army
Hector Corujo, Texas State Technical College, Waco, TX, U.S. Air Force
Lance Myers, Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga, TN, U.S. Marine Corps
Mitchell Crosby, Manatee Technical College, Bradenton, FL, U.S. Army
Victor Aremu, Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park, MN, U.S. Army, National Guard
Robert Van Pelt, George Stone Technical School Pensacola, FL U.S. Air Force
Gamalier Rivera, Texas Southmost College Brownsville, TX, U.S. Army
Diego Cruz, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC, U.S. Marine Corps
Rich Gray, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL, U.S. Marine Corps
Justin Whitesell, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC, U.S. Army
Craig Blouvet, Erie Community College, Orchard Park, NY, U.S. Army
Taylor Bozarth, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE, U.S. Marine Corps
Christopher Valdez, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, TX, U.S. Army
Toy Johnson, Universal Technical Institute Houston, TX, U.S. Army
Severon Carlson, Pickens Technical College, Aurora, CO, U.S. Army, National Guard
Tyler Turner, Universal Technical Institute, Houston, TX, U.S. Army
Robert Bates, Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan, KS, U.S. Army
Terry Dickenson, Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan, KS, U.S. Army
Zakery Louden, Northland Comm. & Technical College, Thief River Falls, MN, U.S. Air Force
Bryan Munoz, Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan, KS, U.S. Army
Thomas Remily, Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan, KS, U.S. Army
Rafael Rivera, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, National Guard
Daniel Mathis, Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne, IN, U.S. Navy
Justin Romero, Texas State Technical College, Waco, TX, U.S. Army Reserve
Michael Brown, Universal Technical Institute, Houston, TX, U.S. Navy
Daniel Selvy, Fayetteville Technical Comm. College, Fayetteville, NC, U.S. Army
Shane Ruh, Northeast Community College, Norfolk, NE, National Guard
Brandon Dallas, Richland Community College, Decatur, IL, U.S. Army, National Guard
3M Hire Our Heroes – Veteran Family Award Recipients
In addition, five collision students who have immediate family members who served or are serving in the military were selected as scholarship winners. Each student received an award of $2,500 to help with their education costs.
“Supporting both our industry and our military veterans remains a high priority for us,” said Dale Ross, U.S. Marketing Operations Manager for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “This is our way of showing our gratitude for their service, while helping our industry by preparing what will be great future employees.”
The Collision Repair Education Foundation is looking to help connect these students with industry businesses who would be interested in meeting and potentially hiring them. If your business is interested in hiring one of the winning students, please send your business information including location to the Collision Repair Education Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org and the organization will help introduce both parties for potential employment opportunities.
The 3M Hire Our Heroes grants are available for qualifying returning veterans and family members. Grants may be used for tuition, school fees, tools, textbooks and equipment at qualifying technical schools. For additional information and to apply, visit www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.
The ultimate goal of the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign is to support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in raising awareness for hiring America’s heroes and help drive employment in the collision repair industry for these deserving veterans and their families. For more information on the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign, contact Dale Ross, 3M Automotive Aftermarket, at email@example.com or visit www.3mcollision.com/hire.