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About the Foundation

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that rewards people with a passion to get trained for skilled jobs that actually exist. As CEO of the Foundation, Mike Rowe spends a significant amount of time speaking about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, highlighting the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people.

Through its scholarship programs, including the Work Ethic Scholarship Program, the Foundation provides financial assistance to qualified individuals with a desire to learn a skill that is in demand. The Foundation has been instrumental in granting more than $3 million in education for trade schools across the country.

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PRAGER U: DON’T FOLLOW YOUR PASSION

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I’ve always liked Dennis Prager. Back in LA, driving from audition to audition, his was the only voice of reason I could find on the AM dial. So I was flattered when he invited me to give this years commencement address for Prager University

2016 WORK ETHIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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The 2016 Work Ethic Scholarship Program is now closed, and scholarship recipients have been notified. For questions about your application, please email mikeroweworks@scholarship.org. For other inquiries, please email info@mikeroweworks.com.

mrWF TOOL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR AED-AFFILIATED TECH SCHOOLS

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The mikeroweWORKS Foundation has awarded tool scholarships to students enrolled in AED Accredited and Recognized construction equipment technology academic programs.
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SKILLSUSA & mrWF SCHOLARSHIP
WINNERS

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Congratulations to this year’s recipients and best of luck at the National Leadership and Skills Conference!

HOT UNDER THE BLUE COLLAR
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Bad news. The toilet at mikeroweWORKS World Headquarters is overflowing with the most disgusting assortment of excrement I’ve ever stumbled upon, the clogs in question are a metaphorical miasma of myths and misperceptions responsible for America’s ever-widening skills gap.

WHAT THE CHUCK
SKILLSUSA
REVIEW

300x175One year ago, I received an email from the good folks at SkillsUSA containing a link to their National Conference week in review video.

WANT A
JOB?

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FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP SUCCESS STORIES

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mrWF is making a difference. Check out the “Faces of the Foundation” get inspired to start your own career in the skilled trades.
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  • Julie

    Someone who carries a gun, fishes , cleans that fish, sews, cooks, fixes their own car and donates time at a volunteer farm in one of the grossest cities in the USA……
    … SHE wants a partner as strong, unafraid, and funny as Mr. Mike Rowe is.
    A real woman knows how to carry on a conversation with a dignitary, walk in heels like Grace Kelly actually likes mowing the lawn, juggles groceries, Dr. Appts, dog baths, a business meeting all in one day. and still remembers to put a candle on the table for dinner. I thinko nly a masculine guy like Mike can handle that kind of a woman, give her his allegiance and respect, and get love, respect, deep and unwavering devotion in return.
    That’s why women like him, a sense of humor, yet never takes it personally when he does a humble job. Ah, that’s it, is might be disgusting but he never lets it be degrading.

    He is handsome, slim, muscular, self aware, not squeamish, yet emotionaly sensitive and smart as hell. A very nice package for an amazing soul.
    A real woman wants a real man like Mike for a lifemate.

    That’s why we watch.

    BTW…I found mine in a blue uniform 26 years ago his name is Tony.

  • Steven Lucchesi

    Mike lets get people back to work, W.F.A.

  • Julie Jepkes

    My 23 year old daughter learned to weld in high school and was the first girl to Ever compete at state level. It was such a big deal that she was competing that year the Denver Post and local news stations followed her progress then interviewed her. Chelsea finished second place that first year against a field of 400 male students. The following year she took first place. She recently did an interview for Skills USA to encourage more women to follow her career path. She now makes her living as a welder and again is the only female welder in this the second shop she’s worked in, however she is one of the best they have. We live in the country but none of the city schools my children attended offered any type trades classes, my kids were only lucky enough to get this valuable education after we moved. Hopefully Mike Rowe and Skills USA can turn this around and provide more opportunities to all students not just country students. If they never have the chance to learn it they won’t know it’s an option to choose.

  • Suzanne Marvosh

    As the recruiting coordinator at a county CTE (Career and Technical) center for 8 years, I often wondered what more was needed to get the attention of high school students. Most of them really don’t have a clue about real world jobs and their parents and counselors are still pushing four years of college (resulting in huge debt and often unfinished degrees). Hooray for your efforts, there is still hope, I think, if we all continue telling our youth that all work is honorable.

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  • Autumn Stelzer

    I am going to start school next spring to go into, a “man’s feild”, auto machanics. I would love to know how to aply to the get a scholarship. I am from a very poor family and watching dirty jobs motivated me and taught me that working hard and getting dirty will get me a lot further in life than sitting around doing nothing.

  • Ron Brinkman

    I’d like to offer my services to all those hard-workers out there who are between jobs. I run a new company, Rapid Resume Rescue, and I normally offer complete resumes from scratch for $45 and re-writes and/or updates for $30. If I could get any mikeroweWORKS fans to use my service, I would give $10 off either service to them. Please go to rapidresumerescue.com or write me at rapidresumerescue@gmail.com for details. Thank you and I hope I can help tons Mike Rowe fans who appreciate Mike and his message.

  • Jeanne Berlin

    Mike- you should check out Williamson College of the Trades here in Media, Pennsylvania. It’s everything Works encourages. The site is https://www.williamson.edu

  • Bart

    I have a vision for a business plan. The Launch Pad. For re-entry military and those that lose needed support to keep them focused on their strengths. It includes an employment office that serves day labor and more. Housing, barracks, hotel, motel, apartment complex or other suitable structure. Cafeteria. Laundromat. Medical clinic. All potentially profitable entities. All open to the public. Special rates for people participating in the program. Links to all other gov’t services and opportunities.

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  • Sean Miguel Gonzales Mcdonald

    We are creating a Tool Bank in San Antonio, Texas.
    how we are different is we are GIVING basic Trade Specific tools to individuals returning to the workforce. Most people we work with are the formerly incarcerated.
    in exchange for receiving these tools. the individual will agree to do TRADE HOURS at the home of someone who needs repairs but cant pay full cost. Hopefully we can get materials donated to help lower cost for the residents.

    we really do not want to go Non-Profit but it is looking more like we have too. I would rather stay a regular business. But we will see how it works out

    smcdonald.xix@gmail.com
    http://www.newwavecommunity.com

  • Jon Ernst

    Can I just say that mike rowe has made it a very big impact on how people look at jobs nowadays the biggest thing that I have to say is I appreciate that he’s trying to help people find skilled jobs and said going to a four-year college ship just watching Mike Rowe do all the dirty jobs at some of them I’ve done and someone I would love to do and now I’m looking into going in underwater welding hoping to get a scholarship from mike rowe or the foundation I think that skilled jobs are just as important as every other job

  • Mike Willis

    Are there careers available with earnings potential over $100K without college? ABSOLUTELY! Consider the Auto Body Collision Repair industry. Here at ABRA Auto Body & Glass we even have a program called the SpringBoard Apprentice Technician training program through our Career Development Academy for exactly that reason.
    The SpringBoard program provides paid training to individuals, with no experience, to begin a career as a Body Technician. Successful graduates receive tools, immediate job placement and much, much more.
    Like cars? Want to work with one of the industry leaders? Go to http://www.abraauto.com and click on SpringBoard to learn more!

  • Robert Pitts

    I have a 501(c)(3) housing organization that needs to start a building trades school. We would like to offer the classes free to attendees, but as a non-profit we would need a grant to cover our expenses. Does the Mike Rowe Foundation have grants for this? We are located in lower Alabama where building is busting at the seams and we have not enough trained workers.

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    Fantastic page! It’s not always a four-year degree that will bring one success so get trained for skilled jobs that actually exist and it might be the best path for you. Thanks for helping people learn a skill or master a trade.

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  • Sharon

    I am a mother of a recent college graduate. I was trying to help my son, because his father and I “earn too much” for him to qualify for any scholarships, so in trying to help my son get through school, I instead ended up getting him and myself into a large amount of debt through some personal loans to pay for his school. He is a white, middle class male with a degree in recreational therapy and has recently started a job contracted with Wounded Warrior Project. He is currently working with 2 TBI(traumatic brain injury) patients, both of whom are veterans. I am just reaching out to see if anyone knows of any ways that I could get some financial help for him to help pay off his student debts. Thanks in advance.

  • Mad HaTTer

    You’ll probably delete this but at least read the story first gofundme.com/wznqn8 PS I started as a dishwasher

  • Mad HaTTer

    In response to the comments regarding Brenie Sanders; Mike Rowe is clearly mentally retarded, there are 3 paths in all true reality.
    #1 college
    #2 prison
    #3 indentured servitude, living paycheck to paycheck
    As someone who has taken all 3 I can guarantee this. Also to Michelle Rowe: Quit telling kids not to follow their dreams and to instead serve fries in hopes of one day becoming a fast food manager or I will make you my bitch! Also your work ethic is shit, try working a 336hr shift of heavy labor like a man, ya lil nancy.

  • Mad HaTTer

    In response to the comments regarding Brenie Sanders; Mike Rowe is
    clearly mentally retarded, there are 3 paths in all true reality.
    #1 college
    #2 prison
    #3 indentured servitude, living paycheck to paycheck
    As
    someone who has taken all 3 I can guarantee this. Also to Michelle
    Rowe: Quit telling kids not to follow their dreams and to instead serve
    fries in hopes of one day becoming a fast food manager or I will make
    you my bitch! Also your work ethic is shit, try working a 336hr shift of
    heavy labor like a man, ya lil nancy..

  • Mad HaTTer

    In response to the comments regarding Brenie Sanders; Mike Rowe is
    clearly mentally retarded, there are 3 paths in all true reality.
    #1 college
    #2 prison
    #3 indentured servitude, living paycheck to paycheck
    As
    someone who has taken all 3 I can guarantee this. Also to Michelle
    Rowe: Quit telling kids not to follow their dreams and to instead serve
    fries in hopes of one day becoming a fast food manager or I will make
    you my bitch! Also your work ethic is shit, try working a 336hr shift of
    heavy labor like a man, ya lil nancy…

  • Mad HaTTer

    In response to the comments regarding Brenie Sanders; Mike Rowe is
    clearly mentally retarded, there are 3 paths in all true reality.
    #1 college
    #2 prison
    #3 indentured servitude, living paycheck to paycheck
    As
    someone who has taken all 3 I can guarantee this. Also to Michelle
    Rowe: Quit telling kids not to follow their dreams and to instead serve
    fries in hopes of one day becoming a fast food manager or I will make
    you my bitch! Also your work ethic is shit, try working a 336hr shift of
    heavy labor like a man, ya lil nancy….

  • Mad HaTTer

    In response to the comments regarding Brenie Sanders; Mike Rowe is
    clearly mentally retarded, there are 3 paths in all true reality.
    #1 college
    #2 prison
    #3 indentured servitude, living paycheck to paycheck
    As
    someone who has taken all 3 I can guarantee this. Also to Michelle
    Rowe: Quit telling kids not to follow their dreams and to instead serve
    fries in hopes of one day becoming a fast food manager or I will make
    you my bitch! Also your work ethic is shit, try working a 336hr shift of
    heavy labor like a man, ya lil nancy…..

  • Charles Heisler

    There are thousands of retired shop teachers out there that, I would bet, would love to be involved. We all knew that the value of what we did, and the affect that we had on our students offered something that went far beyond the walls of the school. It is a travesty that standardized testing, increased credits in other, unnecessary subject areas, and a general lack of understanding by school administrations and an inept government led to the closing of most industrial arts programs across the nation. The success stories of these programs can be found on the Main Streets of any town by simply talking to the business owners who developed their interest in their skill in the shop classes in high school. They now can’t find any young, qualified workers to employ because the students today are not being trained. Again, there are thousands of us out there who still want to help.

  • Dave Traynor

    Wow Mike…. You are so ahead of the curve. I have Thirty Three years as an installer and a small window company that I just can’t get the installation crew to run correctly. I can sell tens of thousands of dollars in projects, with no one but myself to install them simply because there are so few people who can do this trade. Also, people struggle with being timely, dependable, accountable and customer oriented. Lots of folks can do those things but have no training and can’t do the job. I’d open a trade school tomorrow just to teach someone how to install windows and doors just because the need is so great. I so appreciate what you say and do to bring light to the trades and the need for people to fill those jobs.