Money for a Collision Education: CREF Opens 2024 Scholarship Applications

Hoffman Estates, Ill. (January 11, 2024) –

Tuition is expensive, especially for aspiring collision repair professionals who also need to stock their toolboxes, but the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) wants to help! Funding is available for secondary and post-secondary collision students to support their educational endeavors and help supply the employee pipeline for collision repair facilities around the country.

Applications will open January 11 with a deadline of March 8, 2024. Apply for a Student Scholarship online.

“Helping students pursue a collision education without accruing debt has made a huge impact for hundreds of students over the years, and CREF is thankful for the industry supporters who have made this possible by continuing to step up and donate to fund these annual scholarships and tool grants,” says Melissa Marscin, Director of Operations and Impact for the Foundation.

CREF’s 2023 Student Scholarships provided 90 students with over $130,000 in financial assistance to ensure those students will be able to continue their education and that they are prepared to pursue a successful career in body shops around the country.

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 can Contact Us to learn about the many ways to get involved. 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:

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