3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, has announced 33 recipients in the 2018 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The recipients include students who have served or are currently serving in the military and their family members.

This is the sixth year that 3M has partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in support of our industry and our nation’s veterans. Since 2013, the 3M Hire Our Heroes program has generated more than $1,065,500 to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for military veterans and their family members. Nearly 330 military veterans and their families have already received scholarships and grants.

This year, each winning veteran student had the opportunity to select $1,500 worth of tools as part of the award. Students who are graduating this year have the opportunity to select an additional $1,500 in tools upon graduation and upon getting hired into the collision industry. There were additional $1,000 scholarships for select veterans.

In addition, five collision students who have immediate family members who served or are serving in the military were selected as scholarship winners. Each of these students received an award of $2,500 to help with their education costs.