John Goodson – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
John Goodson had had enough. He had been touring for two years as the drummer of a band called Dolly Shine. It was exhausting. John had always seen music as more of a hobby than a vocation, but it’s hard to call something a hobby if it keeps you away from home 200 days per year.
“I didn’t want to spend my life living on a tour-bus.”
John needed something closer to home, and more specifically, closer to his fiance, Symantha. It was just a matter of deciding what that something would be. On the road, John was the go-to guy whenever the van broke down, so he decided to pursue an automotive career. John enrolled at Universal Technical Institute in Irving, Texas because he found out he could complete the training in just 9 months.
The UTI Recruiter sent John a financial aid package that included the #mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarship Program. John knew of Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs, but he had no idea about Mike’s Foundation. It was the only scholarship John applied for because all of the other scholarships were geared toward people just out of high school, and John was 30.
When John read the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge, he knew right away this was his kind of contract. These were the values his mom had instilled in him years ago. John’s mom raised 3 boys by herself and work ethic was always stressed. John recalled what his mom told him when he began his first job, “Work hard. Be proactive. If your boss doesn’t have something for you to do, you find something to do. If you always stay busy your employer will see that.”
During the UTI Job Fair John was recruited by RDO Equipment Co. While getting his training he’s also working a paid internship, shadowing technicians. John can begin his apprenticeship at RDO provided he graduates UTI on April 28th. With perfect attendance, a 4.0 GPA, and 9 Student of Class Awards – that should not be a problem.
John is still occasionally pounding the skins on weekends. He sometimes sits in with the County Contemporary group Clayton Landua Music and he’s the drummer of the Classic Country band, The Crop Dusters – He just doesn’t have to go on the road to do it. And that suits John just fine.
If you or someone you know would like to train for a job that actually exists, the 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Program begins March 20th. For more information go to mikeroweWORKS.org/scholarship