Chad Philpot – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
“Everybody knows everybody, so you really can’t get into too much trouble.”
And Chad didn’t. Every summer he worked on a farm fixing equipment. Chad found great accomplishment in repairing feed lines, fans and heaters in the chicken-house.
“I love being the person to fix something that no one else can fix.”
It was fine to repair fans and heaters, but small town Chad really wanted to fix big things. His dad was a truck driver. His Uncle Timothy was a Master Certified Technician, and his Uncle Clint was a welder. It’s no wonder that Chad was drawn to fixing heavy equipment. That’s why he finished Amelia County High School a year early and went straight to Southside Virginia Community College where he got certified in Heavy Duty Truck Maintenance. This allowed him to work on 18-wheeler diesel engines, but Chad was interested in something bigger. So he enrolled at Lincoln College of Technology.
At Lincoln, Chad could learn to fix the big machines; bulldozers, forklifts, and backhoes. Thanks to his mom’s scholarship sleuthing, Chad applied for and received a mikeroweWORKS work ethic scholarship, as well as 14 other scholarships! And this September he will graduate as a Heavy Equipment Technician. After the three job fairs he’s attended, and Lincoln’s job placement services, Chad should be gainfully employed fixing big things in no time.
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