The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) has selected its scholarship winners for 2016. The network says the recipients of WIN scholarships have demonstrated their desire to excel in the field of collision repair and will receive tuition assistance, as well as educational opportunities.
The College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award is presented to students enrolled in a post-secondary collision repair technology program. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their post-secondary education in collision repair and a one-year WIN Membership. Several of the scholarship recipients also will have their 2016 WIN Educational Conference registration fee and travel expenses subsidized.
The winners are:
Tristen Berlin attends North Arkansas Community College in Harrison, Arkansas. After completing her associate degree, she will be attending the University of Arkansas to get her bachelor’s in applied science. Berlin plans on working in body shops and also would like to work in the insurance industry as an adjuster.
Chelsea Bonds attends Lake Technical College in Eustis, Florida. She hopes to get a job at Service King after she graduates in November. She says she enjoys every aspect of the collision industry, but her long-term goal is to own her own shop.
Nancy McInerney attends Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Crossville, Tennessee. McInerney aspires to have a career painting cars or detailing/pin stripping and restoration.
Jasmine Storey attends the Universal Technical Institute in Houston. She plans to own a small shop someday and promote women in our industry. She says she has found her passion in doing body work. She has a 4-year degree in business administration, which she says will help her when she opens her own business.
Krystyna Zak attends North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Zak started her career in an administrative role before deciding to enroll in a two-year auto technician program. After her first year, she transferred to an auto collision program. Zak is looking forward to working as an estimator or body technician when her schooling is completed.
In addition to tuition scholarships, recipients will have the opportunity to be mentored by a Most Influential Women (MIW) Honoree or a member of the WIN Board of Directors. The MIW awards were presented during the 2016 WIN Educational Conference, held May 2-4, in Tampa, Florida.