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Two Vancouver-based students recipients of annual industry scholarship

Two students enrolled in Vancouver Community College's collision repairer program were recipients of the annual White and Peters scholarship. The pair will split the $5,000 grant.

By Mike Pickford

Vancouver, BC — August 5, 2016 — Since 2007, BC-based White and Peters Ltd. has been doing their part to support the next generation of collision repair technicians, offering scholarships to hard working, high-performing students at Vancouver Community College’s automotive programs.

This year, there were two recipients of the annual award. Enrique Ruiz Esparza Duenas and Jason Sherle will share the $5,000 offered up by the autobody and spray equipment supplier.

Generally awarded to students who may appreciate it most, VCC Foundation Director Nancy Nesbitt said the scholarship would go a long way to supporting the education of both Duenas and Sherle.

“Because of the generous gift White and Peters has donated, two students were recently recognized for their achievements. Receiving financial support is special, but it is truly heartwarming to see students’ confidence grow when recognized for their hard work,” Nesbitt said.

She added, “The impact of your generosity reaches far beyond awards’ day.”

Since launching the scholarship almost a decade ago, White and Peters has donated close to $50,000 to students looking to form a career in the collision repair industry. General Manager of the organization Mort Hall said he was happy to be able to give back to the industry and invest in the next generation.

“We’ve been members of the Vancouver and lower mainland community for close to 55 years and it has always been our philosophy to support the next generation, who maybe wouldn’t have all of the opportunities available to them,” Hall said. “In partnership with BASF, supporting the excellent VCC program at the grassroots level does exactly that.”

Hall pointed out that it wasn’t just students at VCC that benefitted from the company’s generosity, noting White and Peters had similar scholarships in place with several other post-secondary institutions.

“We also support technical college’s in the Okanagan and Northern BC. It is a great pleasure of ours to see the students that have been awarded the scholarships working and making a difference in the various body shops throughout the lower mainland and the province,” Hall added.

White and Peters Ltd. is an autobody supplier and spray equipment specialist operating out of Coquitlam, BC. The business falls under the Color Compass Corporation umbrella of companies.

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