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The mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship helps aspiring automotive workers in financial need cover the costs of a skilled trade-related training program.
Much of the workforce has been reared under the notion that achieving a college degree will increase chances of employment opportunities, higher salaries and job security. There may be some merit to this. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates among those with college degrees were lower in 2017. However, not everyone can afford the high expense of attending college. Fortunately, skilled trades in today’s economic climate are in more demand than ever.
An excellent resource for people who demonstrate a strong work ethic and pursue skilled trade training is the 2018 mikeroweWORKS Foundation (MRW) Work Ethic Scholarship. This scholarship program has been integral to many award recipients’training and careers by distributing more than $3 million for trade schools nationwide.
To be considered for the program, the applicant criteria are:
High school senior class status, high school graduates or passed the GED
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation this year has set a scholarship application submission deadline of June 4, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time).
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is looking to decrease the skills gap and create career opportunities for automotive and HVAC technicians, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and others pursuing careers in skilled trades. Here are other training programs that are eligible for the Work Ethic Scholarship:
Farming & Agriculture
Fire Science & Technology
Heavy Equipment Operation
Students of UTI training programs have gone on to great opportunities after graduation. One example of a former UTI student who benefited from the scholarship is Jackson Chartier. From a young age, Chartier knew he always wanted to have a career in the automotive industry. As a high school student, he loved cars and carried a passion to become a U.S. Army Ranger. But as someone with cerebral palsy, Jackson learned his physical disability made him ineligible to become a Ranger. But he never thought of himself as disadvantaged. Instead, he discovered the means to train at UTI after his high school advisor notified him about the MRW Work Ethic Scholarship Program.
“I’m not even sure I would’ve applied for the scholarship if my counselor didn’t urge me to,” Jackson says. “Then I won. It was a total surprise.”
After Chartier finished high school in 2016, he attended UTI classes and trained as an Express Lube Technician at a local Nissan dealership. Chartier also became a top performer in the Automotive and Diesel Technology II program, and was accepted to attend the Mercedes-Benz DRIVE program15 at the manufacturer’s new state-of-the-industry facility in Grapevine, Texas.
Since its inception in 2008, the MRW Work Ethic Scholarship program has grown tremendously to help students needing financial assistance. In 2017, 22 UTI students received more than $84,000 in MRW Work Ethic Scholarships. This year, students enrolled in automotive, collision repair, CNC machining, diesel, motorcycle, marine, and welding programs will have their MRW Work Ethic scholarship applications considered. UTI is a program sponsor. In addition, UTI will make more than $15 million in sponsored scholarships available to students in 2018.10
UTI President and CEO Kim McWaters praises scholarship fund founder Mike Rowe for his efforts to help students realize their goals in the automotive industry. “We’re proud to be working alongside someone as passionate as Mike Rowe,” says McWaters. “He’s endlessly educating the public on the opportunities that exist in the skilled trades while also helping to reduce the financial barriers that may be keeping students from pursuing such a career.”
McWaters explains how UTI has spread awareness of the scholarship and improved training access to students. “UTI often supplements the scholarships awarded by the mikeroweWORKS Foundation but also offers many of our own scholarships and grants to students directly,” McWaters says. “We are not only committed to providing state-of-the-industry training but also to making it accessible.”
To complete an online application for the MRW Work Ethic Scholarship, you can check the mikeroweWORKS Scholarship Program website. You can also contact with the organization via email at mikeroweWORKS@applyISTS.com or call then toll-free at 877-290-0593. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CDT).
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1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program, and to review the applicable Gainful Employment disclosure, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
6) UTI graduates' achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on personal credentials and economic factors. Work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer and their compensation programs affect wages. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
7) Some programs may require longer than one year to complete.
10) Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify. Awards vary due to specific conditions, criteria and state.
12) Based on data compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections (2016-2026), www.bls.gov, viewed October 24, 2017. The projected number of annual job openings, by job classification is: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, 75,900; Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, 28,300; Automotive Body and Related Repairers, 17,200. Job openings include openings due to growth and net replacements.
15) Manufacturer-paid advanced training programs are conducted by UTI’s Custom Training Group on behalf of manufacturers who determine acceptance criteria and conditions. These programs are not part of UTI’s accreditation.