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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 18:23

5 UTI Houston Students Receive “Hire Our Heroes” Tool Grants & Scholarships

Five UTI Houston Students Receive “Hire Our Heroes” Tool Grants and Scholarships

L to R: Pedro Londono, 3M, Joe Olivares, UTI Houston instructor, Joshua Tapia, UTI Houston students, Roan Cowart, Robert Rioux, Ramiro Serrano, Kevin Hill, and Rick Sanchez, 3M


Five students from Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) Houston campus were honored with scholarships from 3M and the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) in a ceremony held May 19. The recipients are all military veterans enrolled in the school’s Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology (CRRT) program and were selected based on a written essay and instructor nominations.

Each year, 3M and CREF join together to award and support America’s heroes by providing funds for education and training within the collision repair industry for returning military veterans and their families through the Hire Our Heroes Tool Grant and Scholarship program.

Roan Cowart, an Army veteran from Guyton, GA; Ramiro Serrano, an Army veteran from Lockhart, TX; and Joshua Tapia, an Army veteran from Corpus Christi, TX were each awarded a $4,500 tool set.

Kevin Hill, an Army veteran from Fort Collins, CO, and Robert Rioux, a Marine Corps veteran from Walled Lake, MI were each awarded a $4,500 tool set and a $1,000 scholarship towards their tuition at UTI.

"It's our way, as a part of the community, to give back to the veterans that give so much to us," Rick Sanchez, senior account representative for 3M, said. "We're so proud to be able to do this year after year, and to present this scholarship to UTI students is a great honor."

"We are committed to making a UTI education accessible and affordable, so we are thrilled to have partners such as 3M and the Collision Repair Education Foundation to help provide opportunities for our students to pursue careers as collision repair and refinishing technicians," campus president Darrin Brust said.


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