Halifax, Nova Scotia — The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) has announced its 2020 scholarship recipients.
Of this year’s 11 recipients, WIN awarded a $1,000 scholarship to one Canadian student enrolled in the Motor Vehicle Body Repair program at Nova Scotia Community College—Elyssa Wilson.
Elyssa began her career in collision repair in May 2019 at Highway 7 Collision Centre in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where she developed based skills and an understanding of the process and trade
After working at Highway 7, Elyssa decided to pursue a collision repair education through Nova Scotia Community College’s Motor Vehicle Body Repair program. Currently, her plan is to complete each apprenticeship level and pass her Red Seal certification exam.
She also looks forward to being a role model for other young women that want to work in traditionally male-dominated trades.
WIN’s scholarship is presented annually to deserving students enrolled in post-secondary collision repair technology programs. Each recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship to continue their post-secondary education in collision repair and complimentary registration to attend the 2021 WIN Educational Conference.
They are also provided with the opportunity to be mentored by one of the Most Influential Women (MIW) honorees or a member of the WIN Board of Directors.
“With the support of our sponsors and members, WIN is able to offer scholarships and financial assistance to multiple female students each year to help them advance in the collision repair industry,” says Debbie Menz, 2020 co-chair of WIN’s Sponsorship Committee. “WIN understands that the cost of education, or continued education, has the potential to be a hurdle for students. So, this stipend, along with actual mentoring opportunities and interfacing with other, successful women in the collision repair marketplace, has proven to be one of the real pillars of the WIN organization.”