Suzanna Hernandez, a fourth-quarter student in Southeast Community College’s Auto Collision Repair Technology program, is the recipient of a scholarship from the Women’s Industry Network.
Hernandez, a graduate of Lincoln High School, will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue her education in collision repair, a one-year WIN membership, plus waived registration fees and travel expenses to attend the 2014 Educational Conference being held May 5-7 at Paradise Point in San Diego, Calif. She also will have the opportunity to be mentored by winners of the 2014 Most Influential Women awards being presented at the conference.
“When I learned that I was one of the five women in the nation to receive this scholarship, I was absolutely ecstatic,” Hernandez said. “I am very grateful.”
The newly expanded WIN Scholarship program is made possible by the support of WIN sponsors and by special events, including the Scholarship Walk, held annually at the WIN Educational Conference, and sales of the “There’s A Place For You” recruiting poster.
The College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Awards are presented to students enrolled in a postsecondary collision repair technology program.
Hernandez revealed her plans after completing her degree at SCC.
“After SCC I plan to take business classes and earn experience in my field,” she said. “One day I will open a shop of my own and hopefully be a role model to generations to come.”
Beverly Rook, co-chair of the Scholarship Committee, said, “We believe that we have an obligation to support young women who choose to enter our industry. By offering tuition scholarships to further their education and having them mentored by other successful women in the industry, we feel that we are giving them a head start to a successful career.”
WIN is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, developing and cultivating opportunities to attract women to collision repair while recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and fostering a network among the women who are shaping the industry.
SCC’s Auto Collision Repair Technology program is located on the Milford Campus. Students are admitted every Summer and Winter quarter. For more information about the program, contact program chair Bill Vocasek at 402-761-8241.