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3M, CREF continue 3M Hire Our Heroes Program in 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 09:00
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3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), are once again offering the popular 3M Hire Our Heroes scholarship and tool grant awards program for 2019 to help more deserving military members and their families pursue careers in the collision repair industry.
This is the seventh year that 3M has partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in support of the collision repair industry and America’s veterans. Since 2013, the 3M Hire Our Heroes program has generated more than $1.2M to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for military veterans and their family members. More than 330 military veterans and their families have received scholarships and grants.
“Supporting both our industry and our military veterans remains a high priority for us,” said Dale Ross, U.S. Marketing Operations Manager for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “This is our way of showing our gratitude for their service, while helping our industry by preparing what will be great future employees.”
This year, each winning veteran student will have the opportunity to select $1,500 worth of tools as part of the award. Students graduating this year will have the opportunity to select an additional $3,000 in tools when they graduate and get hired into the collision industry. There also are additional $2,000 scholarships for select veterans. The 3M Hire Our Heroes grants are available for qualifying returning veterans and family members. For additional information, visit To apply, go to
One of the 2018 3M Hire Our Heroes winners, Rebekka Rollison served in the U.S. Navy and attended Wilkes Community College, in Wilkesboro, NC. The help and support the provided grant made a tremendous difference in her ability to be ready to start work in the collision industry.
“Now that I actually have a job in the collision industry, being equipped for the task can set you above others competing for jobs,” Rollison said. “Having the appropriate tools when you start out helped improve my production time, which is huge, and achieve the best professional outcome.”
3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, put its effort to provide collision repair education opportunities for military members into high gear this year, hosting the 3M Hire Our Heroes 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This 2018 program added another $150,000 to the 3M Hire Our Heroes program. All donations for the 3M Hire Our Heroes 500 went to the 3M Hire Our Heroes scholarship fund.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation is looking to help connect these students with industry businesses who would be interested in meeting and potentially hiring them. Businesses who are interested in hiring one of the winning students can send their business information including location to the Collision Repair Education Foundation at and the organization will help introduce both parties for potential employment opportunities.
About Hire Our Heroes
The 3M Hire Our Heroes grants are available for qualifying returning veterans and family members. Grants may be used for tuition, school fees, tools, textbooks and equipment at qualifying technical schools. For additional information and to apply, visit  
The ultimate goal of the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign is to support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in raising awareness for hiring America’s heroes and help drive employment in the collision repair industry for these deserving veterans and their families.
For more information on the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign, contact Dale Ross, 3M Automotive Aftermarket, at or visit
3M Automotive Aftermarket Division Keeps the World Moving

3M automotive products keep the world on the move, with innovative solutions for building, repairing and maintaining vehicles.  From the collision repair professional to the individual vehicle enthusiast, people around the world trust 3M products to protect, repair and keep their vehicles looking showroom new.  And our commitment to this industry extends beyond product performance to a careful stewardship of the world’s resources and environment. Serving the needs of our customers has made 3M a trusted leader in vehicle care and repair, and we are dedicated to earning that trust each and every day.
For more information, contact 1-877-MMM-CARS, contact your local 3M Distributor or 3M Sales Representative or visit the website at  Follow 3M AAD on Facebook at and on twitter @3M_Collision and Instagram @3MCollision.
About 3M
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