Thursday, 30 June 2022 12:03

Nearly $150,000 in Scholarships and Tool Grants Awarded to Collision Repair Students by CREF and Industry Partners


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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is proud to announce the 52 recipients of its 2022 scholarships and tool grants, funded through the generosity of a multitude of industry partners, small and large.

With the industry’s support, CREF funded nearly $150,000 in 2022 scholarships and tool grants as part of its ongoing efforts to support future collision repair industry professionals as they obtain their educations.


“CREF is honored to recognize these outstanding students through the 2022 scholarships and tool grants,” said Melissa Marscin, director of operations and administration for CREF. “These students are truly committed to pursuing their education and in becoming part of the collision industry, and we hope these awards help to contribute to their successful careers.”


Eight exemplary students were chosen as the inaugural recipients of the Adelmann Family Scholarships, each receiving up to $10,000 toward tuition and/or education loans.


“Supporting collision students is important for our entire industry,” recently retired industry veteran Tim Adelmann said. “My family and I contacted CREF to start the Adelmann Family Scholarship because we felt it was time to step up and DO something to help support some of the best and brightest future repair technicians. As an industry, we need to do more to address the technician shortage, and with CREF’s assist, this seemed like a great way to help young people navigate through their training period and then place them in good-paying jobs.”


The recipients of the 2022 Adelmann Family Scholarships include:


  • Davindra Cheddie, NYADI, Jamaica, NY
  • Gerardo Rojas, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI
  • Jawuan Alexander, UTI, Houston, TX
  • Emelie Horsens, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI
  • Tate Ahlberg, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA
  • Alyssa Patton, NYADI, Jamaica, NY
  • Maverick Jaycox, South Central College, North Mankato, MN
  • Cesar Batista, NYADI, Jamaica, NY


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