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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.



This is an article over at Forbes, and the writer – Kathy Caprino – is doing a great job of promoting jobs that actually exist.


UPDATE - The 2016 Work Ethic Scholarship Program is now closed, and the applications received on or before the May 15 deadline are currently in review. Due to the high number of applications that we have received, we expect to notify scholarship recipients as soon as possible but no later than August 1, 2016. For questions about your application, please email mikeroweworks@scholarshipamerica.org. For other inquiries, please email info@mikeroweworks.org.


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

                                          mrWF Scholarship News Fix


Meet Joshua Loy. Josh has two degrees, a BA in History from Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, and an MA in English as a second language from the University of Birmingham in England. So why is Josh now studying HVAC at Manchester Community College?

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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.


Recently Mary Sullivan, president of mrWF, visited the Center for Applied Technology North in Severn, Md.


300x175When you’re done getting your education check here to see what jobs our partners have available.


300x175“Don’t wish for it, work for it. You can’t pray for an A, and only study for a C.” Words Lexy heeded and now is on her way to becoming a welder.
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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


  • 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.