There are 11 new recipients of the 2020 Women's Industry Network (WIN) College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award.
The awards are presented annually to deserving students enrolled in a post-secondary collision repair technology programs. Each recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship to continue their post-secondary education in collision repair and complimentary registration to attend the 2021 WIN Educational Conference.
Recipients are also provided the opportunity to be mentored by one of the Most Influential Women (MIW) honorees or a member of the WIN Board of Directors.
“With the support of our sponsors and members, WIN is able to offer scholarships and financial assistance to multiple female students each year to help them advance in the collision repair industry,” said Debbie Menz, 2020 co-chair of the sponsorship committee. ““WIN understands that the cost of education, or continued education, has the potential to be a hurdle for students. So, this stipend, along with actual mentoring opportunities and interfacing with other, successful women in the collision repair marketplace, have proven to be one of the real pillars of the WIN organization.”
The 2020 recipients include:
Melissa Acosta, Tampa, FL
Acosta attends Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. She feels the opportunities in the collision fields are endless, so she knew she would have a variety of options to choose from for her career. She plans to start as an estimator and work on building her skills. Someday she hopes to become a shop manager or even a CEO for a paint distribution company.
Acosta has made the Dean’s List as a result of her outstanding academic performance, and is very active in volunteering in various groups at her college.
Taylor Berglund, Beaverton, OR
Berglund attends Portland Community College in Portland, OR. She has maintained a 4.00 GPA since she began her college career in auto collision repair. She has also earned her place on the President’s List.
Berglund is a volunteer for the Tualatin Valley Young Marines Program. All adult volunteers must complete six weeks of boot camp consisting of learning first aid, Marine Corps history and courtesies. Additionally, they must complete a personal fitness test that closely follows the Marine Corps PFT. Berglund is the awards officer for the TVYM Program.
After completing her fall term with another 4.00 GPA, Berglund was offered a spot in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Her long term ambition is to own her own shop. She aspires to have an all-female staff with the intention to encourage women to feel more comfortable while having car work done.