Wiregrass Auto Collision Students receive Industry Alliance Scholarships


May 20, 2013

Auto Collision Students
Adrian Hargett and Diego Trujillo

Valdosta, GA— Figuring out how to finance a college education without going into debt is one of the biggest challenges most students face today. Thanks to industry organizations like the I-CAR Collision Repair Training program, and the Collision Repair Education Foundation, two Wiregrass students have a little less to worry about.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College automotive collision students, Diego Trujillo and Adrian Hargett, were recently awarded scholarships from the Collision Repair Education Foundation. This program, formerly called I-CAR Education Foundation, has been providing financial support to students in secondary and post-secondary auto collision programs for more than 20 years.

Diego Trujillo was awarded the 2013 CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship. The scholarship provides $2000 in financial assistance to help a post-secondary student complete an auto collision program. “I can’t express enough how honored and blessed I am to be the recipient of this scholarship,” stated Diego. “I have set high goals for myself in the auto body collision industry, and this financial support will be a step forward in helping me accomplish my goals. It is truly a great opportunity to be able to turn a lifelong hobby into a career. My grandpa always said if you pick a career you love, you will never work a day in your life, and I have found my true passion.” This scholarship was created by CCC Information Services in honor of a long time team member.

Adrian Hargett was awarded the 2013 3M Hire Our Heroes Veteran Tool Grant. The grant will allow Adrian to select up to $2,500 in tools from 3M, a leader in tools for the auto body collision industry. According to Adrian the grant “will make a difference in my life because it will enable me to begin my career in the automotive refinishing industry. Trying to purchase tools as a college student can be extremely difficult. You have to cope with paying for college, and buying tools and supplies along with your personal responsibilities at home. I would like to thank 3M for the many doors they have opened for me in the automotive refinishing industry through this grant.” This grant is part of the national Hire our Heroes Campaign.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is part of the I-CAR Alliance providing training to those entering the field as well as continuing education for those already in the field. The I-CAR Alliance along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation has provided the program with years of support through grants, program equipment, and supply donations. To find out more about the Automotive Collision Program visit www.wiregrass.edu, or call Mark Whitson at 229-333-2114.