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Monday, 20 May 2019 21:59

Nashville I-CAR Committee and CREF Give Away a Scholarship

Zac Stephens (right) received a $14,000 scholarship from Brandon Eckenrode, director of development for the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The scholarship, that eliminates Stephens’ student debt, was made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Nashville I-CAR committee. Zac Stephens (right) received a $14,000 scholarship from Brandon Eckenrode, director of development for the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The scholarship, that eliminates Stephens’ student debt, was made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Nashville I-CAR committee. CREF

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A fundraiser and a surprise scholarship benefited Tennessee collision students in April.

With collision professionals from across the country in Nashville for industry meetings, the local I-CAR Committee used the opportunity to surprise one hard-working collision student, Zac Stephens with a full scholarship.

 

During the scholarship presentation, Kyle Medeiros from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and chairman of the Nashville I-CAR committee said, “We’re inspired by your (Zac’s) passion and commitment in the industry and life in general.”

Stephens hopes to run his own repair shop one day, with a focus on honesty. After he thanked I-CAR and the Foundation for his scholarship, they shared a quote from his application essay.

 

“My goal in the industry is to bring a whole new outlook on auto body shops. I hope to eventually start my own business that focuses on the honesty of the employees and the quality of the finished product,” wrote Stephens in his application for a scholarship from the Foundation, “When I’m the most trusted in the business, you will be content in knowing that you helped me get there.

 

Medeiros said, “This scholarship is going to allow Stephens to step into the industry without a financial burden, which we hope propels him to reach his dreams quicker. We decided to erase 100% of his debt, because of his excellence in the classroom. He has a true passion for this industry and is committed to a future in it.”

 

Past scholarship recipients in Tennessee have benefited from the work of the local I-CAR committee’s fundraising efforts. Morris Rothfeldt, Jr., a Nashville scholarship recipient from 2017, said, “Earning a merit-based CREF scholarship assured me that I was not only pursuing something I loved, but that my passion assured results.”

 

The local I-CAR committee also held a TopGolf fundraiser on Tuesday, April 16, the night before the other industry meetings started. The funds from TopGolf will benefit the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) in support of Nashville area high school and college collision repair programs. The Nashville I-CAR committee, in conjunction with the CREF, offers tool grants and scholarships to local students every spring.


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