You All Look Like a Million Dollars!

This year, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation is awarding $1,050,750.00 in work ethic scholarships to 138 individuals, in thirteen different trade programs. The names of this year’s recipients are attached.
If your name is on the list, congratulations! You appear to possess the attributes we strive to encourage – work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. You’ll soon receive an official notification from mikeroweWORKS. It’s important that you respond to that email to accept the funds.
If you applied for a scholarship, and your name is not on the list, it’s not necessarily because you lack the attributes we strive to encourage – it’s because thousands of qualified people applied this year, and our resources are limited. Please accept our thanks for applying, and feel free to try again next year.
This year, the average scholarship amount is $8,000.00, and the trade programs break down like this:
Program # Recipients Amount
Automotive Technology 14 $106,500.00
Aviation Technology 2 $20,000.00
Construction 15 $122,400.00
Diesel Technology 25 $201,650.00
Electrical Technology 27 $196,800.00
EMT + Fire Science 2 $12,500.00
Farming + Agriculture 4 $33,500.00
Heavy Equipment 2 $11,000.00
HVAC 10 $73,700.00
Machining/Manufacturing 4 $29,300.00
Marine Technology 1 $5,500.00
Plumbing 4 $24,200.00
Welding 28 $213,700.00
Total 138 $1,050,750.00
Many on this page have supported my foundation over the years with generous donations, and I’m personally grateful for your continued support. I am likewise indebted to our corporate sponsors. They include:
Koch Industries
Charles Koch Foundation
Engelstad Foundation
Ferguson Cares
Andre Agassi Foundation for Education
Bruce Jacobs Fund at Donor Capital Fund
The Ray H. Marr Foundation
PA Chamber Foundation
Universal Technical Institute
I also want to thank everyone at mikeroweWORKS who once again went above and beyond the call of duty to make this program possible. The business of evaluating work ethic is complicated, imperfect, and oftentimes frustrating. I’m very grateful to everyone who assisted in the process. In particular Jade Estrada, who once again demonstrated how to function for days on end with no sleep, and Chuck Klausmeyer, who is still trying to figure out how he got sucked into the organized chaos of mikeroweWORKS. And of course, to Mary Sullivan, who wears more hats than I did on Dirty Jobs. Many thanks to you all.
Finally, the early response to our Work Ethic curriculum has been overwhelming. As I mentioned last week, we’re still in the pilot stage and making some adjustments along the way. But if you want to be kept in the loop or would like to see work ethic taught in a school near you, sign up at We’ll keep you posted.

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