Monday, 08 March 2021 22:12

CREF, Industry Partners Award Grants to Collision Repair Programs Across the U.S.


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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced nearly $150,000 in grants for secondary and post-secondary collision repair education programs, thanks to donations from several industry partners.

All of the recipient schools were chosen based on their applications for 2020 Benchmark Grants.


Benchmark Grants recognize schools that excel at educating students in collision repair, but due to strained school budgets, require additional financial assistance.


Recipient schools use these funds to provide the tools, equipment and supplies necessary to enhance their students’ learning experience and elevate the caliber of their graduates, ensuring graduates are prepared to successfully enter the workforce upon graduation.


Applications for the 2021 Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark Grants will be available online in March.


Service King


Service King supported CREF and the industry at large by awarding $25,000 worth of funding, which was distributed to six schools in need.


Four $5,000 grants were awarded through CREF's Benchmark Grant program, and two Texas high schools received $2,500 each through the Service King Way Grant: In Honor of Mario Malacara.


“Service King is dedicated to supporting young talent interested in the auto collision industry,” said Sean Huurman, chief human resources officer for Service King. “Our financial commitment to these schools is one piece of our partnership to provide a practical education for those needing assistance. We are thrilled to support these programs and students.”


Service King awarded $5,000 Benchmark Grants to:


  • Contra Costa College, San Pablo, CA
  • Maxwell High School of Technology, Lawrenceville, GA
  • Lincoln College of Technology, Nashville, TN
  • Collin College, Allen, TX


The Service King Way Grant was established in 2017 to honor the memory of Mario Malacara, an admired member of the Service King family. Malacara dedicated his life to...

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