A Freeport woman has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Women in Auto Body, a national organization that highlights women in the auto care industry.
Heather Ripley will begin her second year at Highland Community College in the fall, studying Auto Body and Welding.
“I love art and I believe there is artistry in auto body and detail,” Ripley said. “Working on cars is so hands-on and creative,” she said. “Highland has taught me a lot and has given me the tools within myself to follow the steps I need to be part of my chosen profession.”
Vonda Lee, a representative for the Women in Auto Body organization, said in 2018, $75,000 was given to women studying auto body repair.
“We are committed to supporting women entering the automotive aftermarket,” Lee said. “These scholarships are open to women of any age group into any field within our industry. We have particular requirements for our applications. We had incredible applications this year, it is only the best candidates that raise to the top for our scholarships. They are outstanding women in all areas of school work, outside activities, essays and more. Heather fit right into an exceptional winner of one of our higher scholarships.”