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With collision repair valued at a $199 billion industry, there is no better time than now to consider a career in this field. A collision repair and automotive scholarship through the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) can pave the way for your future, offering opportunities in an industry that rewards hard work, and dedication, and keeps pace with ever-changing technology and innovation.

CREF has been at the forefront of supporting collision repair schools and students across the United States, awarding over $9.1 million in scholarships and grants since 2009. We provide this support by partnering up with industry entities like repair shops, educators, manufacturers, insurers, suppliers, and other supportive businesses and organizations.

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in STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS, impacting hundreds of students across the United States

Student Scholarship & TOOL Grant Application

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS WILL RESUME IN EARLY 2025

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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 unlocking a future in collision repair has never been simpler with our straightforward scholarship application process.

Explore our eligibility criteria for more information.

Applicant must meet the following requirements:

All applicants must be high school seniors or post-secondary students currently enrolled (at the time of application) in a collision repair program and must have been studying collision repair for at least one semester prior to applying for the awards.

Students will be considered for all scholarships/tool grants that they are eligible for based on the individual eligibility factors of each award. These eligibility factors can include gender, school attendance, year in school, future plans, outside activities, and/or financial need.

The collision instructor must complete the Collision Repair School Solutions Survey in order for his/her students to be eligible for any of the scholarship/tool grant opportunities.

3M is offering special opportunities for deserving collision repair students who are currently serving or have recently served in the military. Special awards will also be available for collision repair students that have immediate family members who are currently serving or have recently served in the military.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicant must meet one of the following requirements to apply:
1.) Is a post-secondary student who is studying collision repair and is currently serving or has recently served in the military.
2.) A high school senior or a post-secondary student who is studying collision repair and has an immediate family member currently serving or has served in the military.

AWARD: Awards will be determined by financial need, future plans, and past academic achievements of the student.

*Please note Veterans are also invited to apply for the full scholarship and tool grants as an additional part of the 3M Hire our Heroes Program.

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) has partnered up with CREF to administer its scholarship program, aiming at encouraging and empowering women with a passion for the collision repair industry.

If you’re a woman who’s interested in pursuing a career in collision repair, this is the perfect opportunity for you! The WIN scholarship is designed to support your educational journey and provide the financial assistance you need to excel in your studies.

Ready for A Career?

GEAR UP FOR SUCCESS!

Are you on the hunt for your ideal career? Welcome to your stepping stone! The Collision Repair Education Foundation is dedicated to guiding you through every step of your career journey.

We offer a substantial amount of resources, practical tools, and innovative solutions to guide individuals in their career journey toward a fulfilling, hands-on career in collision repair, with minimal debt and endless possibilities.

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