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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.


2017 WESP
The 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Program is now closed.
Please stay tuned for 2018 scholarship opportunities.


SkillsUSA and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation team up  to increase opportunities for SkillsUSA students to attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation Travel Scholarship is now closed.