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The Mission of the CREST Foundation is to fund and award scholarships to children of reprographics industry employees who wish to pursue a better education, but who lack the financial means to do so.
In addition to its primary mission, the CREST Foundation brings together reprographics industry leaders, united in their membership in the International Reprographics Association (IRgA), who can help ensure a better future for the children of their workforce.
All employees, committee members, and Board of Director members of the CREST Foundation are unpaid volunteers from across the reprographics industry.
Reprographers and their employees come from all walks of life, some more privileged than others.
Many reprographics shops have their roots in family enterprise. Often begun by people who employed family members, friends and others from the community, these businesses - usually part of tightly-knit neighborhoods and frequently located in inner-city districts - have worked together over several generations.
Given the family and community-minded nature of this industry, The CREST Foundation is a natural extension of that close support that characterizes the people and businesses within it. It provides a way for reprographers - even in competitive relationships with one another - to work together in creating a more promising future for future generations.
Funds are donated and accepted from both within and without the industry.
While the majority of the scholarship funds are donated by reprographic industry insiders - both individuals and companies - a significant portion of each year's donations come from industry suppliers and supporters such as equipment manufacturers, supply companies, financial institutions that invest in the industry, and service suppliers. Their contributions make The CREST Foundation possible.
Scholarships amounts are awarded up to $15,000 per student and are distributed based on student need, applicant demand and available funds.
In addition to traditional one-year scholarships, funds will also be available to help students prepare for admission testing, supplemental classes, books and administrative expense. Each student's need is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and distributions are based upon the review of an independent Selection Committee chosen by the Board of Directors every year.