3M Funding scholarships to returning veterans

Andy Bolig - March 14, 2014 03:36 PM


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This is a great industry with many opportunities for returning veterans

Through the Collision Repair Education Foundation and the 3M “Hire Our Heroes” program, 3M is funding special scholarship opportunities for veterans that want to begin a collision repair career by attending a collision repair community college or college. 

The scholarship awards will pay for tuition and required books/tools for veterans enrolling in school collision repair programs in the summer/fall 2014, therefore easing the financial burden of education. This is the second year for the program.
Interested veterans can apply for the scholarship opportunities by visiting the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s web site:, under “Students” and “Hire Our Heroes”. The deadline for the application is September 30, 2014. As part of the application, a veteran would submit information for the collision school he/she would like to attend and if a veteran is not aware of what schools offer collision training, he/she can contact the Education Foundation directly for a list of available schools.
Clark Plucinski, Executive Director of the Collision Repair Education Foundation said, “The Collision Repair Education Foundation is once again proud and honored to partner with 3M and the Hire Our Heroes program to offer this grant. This is a great industry with many opportunities for returning veterans, and this grant is a great first-step for veterans to get the collision education needed to become successful members of the collision industry.”
“We are excited to be able to continue the 3M Hire Our Heroes program in 2014 and expand it to provide more resources to our returning veterans who want to pursue education, training and careers in the collision repair industry,” said Dale Ross, US Marketing Operations Manager, 3M automotive Aftermarket Division.
The winners of the scholarship will be selected by members of the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Board of Trustees Selection Committee and notified by mail and phone in November 2014. For more information, please contact us at or 888.722.3787, Ext. 283.