3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, is proud to support the 52 recipients in the 2017 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The recipients included 40 students who are currently studying collision repair, and who have served or are currently serving in the military.

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 getting hired into the collision industry. There were additional $1,000 scholarships for select veterans.

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

This is the fifth 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 $825,000 to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for military veterans and their family members. Nearly 270 military veterans and their families have already received scholarships and grants.