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Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:24

Collision Repair Education Foundation to Award Two $50K Grants

The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2012 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover $50,000 school grant application is now available online and two grants (one secondary, one post-secondary) will be awarded this year. The winning schools will be announced during SEMA 2012. As part of the Makeover grant application, schools provide their own itemized wish list, which can include any tools, supplies and equipment that are needed by the collision program. Each of the winning schools will have their $50,000 wish list fulfilled through the Collision Repair Education Foundation and through industry donors/supporters. The application is available at the Education Foundation’s website (, and must be completed by August 31, 2012. Instructors are advised to begin the application process early and industry professionals are encouraged to get involved with the Makeover grant by working with their local schools’ collision instructors to help them apply.

The GCIA encourages all its member shops to get in touch with their local schools and help the instructor apply for the grant. Part of the application requests schools to include their personalized $50,000 wish list of needed tools, equipment, and supplies. Those lists (even if they don’t win the Makeover grant) are distributed, asking for donations for the schools. If a school doesn’t apply, their wish lists can’t be fulfilled.

The goal of the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant is to honor a school that has been doing an outstanding job in educating students in collision repair, but needs some financial assistance to improve their program’s teaching materials and equipment. With strained school budgets, the Education Foundation and industry supporters have the opportunity to bridge the program’s financial gap and to make a difference in the lives of the students studying collision repair.

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