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CREST Scholarship Foundation Launched at IRgA Convention & Tradeshow
On Tuesday evening, May 13, after the opening of the IRgA's tradeshow, a newly-formed scholarship foundation created specifically to assist the children of our industry employees was announced at a gala event held in the ballroom next door to the tradeshow floor.
Before the night was over more than $350,000 had been raised for the scholarship fund, with a forecast of even more support to follow as news of the foundation spread.
Beneficiaries of the scholarships will be children of reprographic employees from across the industry.
Funds from the CREST Foundation will be awarded in the form of scholarships up to $15,000 for the 2008/2009 academic school year.
The selection committee is composed of luminaries from across the industry including John Deermount; Cathie Cushing Duff of Cushing Co., Chicago; Mike Carter of Lynn Imaging, Kentucky; Bill Thomas of Thomas Reprographics, and Miguel Garcia of Mercury LDO.
Scholarships will be based on need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and the following criteria:
- Parents of applicants must have worked in the reprographics industry for a minimum of five years
- Reprographic employers must be a member of the IRgA in good standing at the time the award is granted
- Applicants must have a minimum academic grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
An online scholarship application will be available after June 30, 2008, at www.crestfoundation.org, but students who wish to pursue a CREST scholarship may begin preparing by applying to FAFSA, the results of which will be a key evaluation tool used in the CREST Foundation application process. FAFSA information can be obtained at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
HR managers and interested employees from IRgA member reprographers should contact the Foundation for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.