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Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation has announced the winners of several scholarships it administers.

The Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee awarded a $5,000 student scholarship to Godofredo Pacheco of Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville, Ga. through the Collision Repair Education Foundation this spring. This scholarship will assist Pacheco with education costs to continue his technical education study of collision repair. Funding for this scholarship was made possible through the committee hosting annual golf and car show fundraiser events.


I-CAR Georgia State Chairman and Atlanta Committee Chairman Gerry Poirier stated “The members of the Atlanta I-CAR Committee have continued to focus on supporting new technicians entering the collision field. This scholarship will be the third awarded since 2012 that will help replenish our dwindling technician base. The fundraising efforts are a critical part of what our committee members and supporting businesses have done to make this scholarship a reality. Many thanks go out to everyone who made this possible.”

The I-CAR Northwest Region has awarded two $1,000 collision student scholarships through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Collision students from Washington were eligible to receive these scholarships. Funding for these scholarships was made possible through the local I-CAR volunteer committee hosting fundraising events.

The 2014 I-CAR Northeast Region collision student scholarship winners include:

  • Anatoliy Fesenko – Green River Community College (Auburn, Wash.)
  • Michaelangelo Vega-Ortiz – Bellingham Technical College (Bellingham, Wash.)


PPG Industries Foundation awarded four collision students with $5,000 scholarships through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. These scholarships are awarded to full-time students in a post-secondary school with a focus or degree in collision repair and who have demonstrated interest and involvement in the collision repair community through extracurricular activities. The funds will be used to assist students with educational expenses such as tuition, books, tools, and equipment.

The student winners of the 2014 PPG Foundation Scholarships include:

  • Elizabeth Mahsem (Madison College, Madison, Wis.)
  • Ian Zapata (College of Lake County, Grayslake, Ill.)
  • Rita Gonzales (Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, Texas)
  • Seth Cushing (NCK Tech, Beloit, Kan.)


Additional funds were raised during PPG’s recent MVP Business Solutions Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., and these were used to create the PPG MVP Industry Student Scholarship. The selected collision student winner of this $2,100 scholarship is Ashley Thomas from Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Mich.

“PPG strongly believes in supporting the future professionals of the industry and assisting them with any type of educational barriers they might encounter,” said Domenic Brusco, PPG Automotive Refinish, senior manager, industry relations. “PPG has supported the Collision Repair Education Foundation for over 20 years and we look forward to continuing our support and growing this relationship in the future.”

Industry members interested in working together with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in supporting secondary and post-secondary collision repair students, instructors, and their school programs should contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or via email.

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