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MTI launches third annual mrWF/MTI H.S. Scholarship Program

mrWF MTI Scholarship LogoMOLINE, Ill. – Midwest Technical Institute and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation are pleased to announce the third annual mrWF/MTI High School Scholarship Program for graduating high school seniors beginning Sept. 1.

The 2015-2016 program will award seven graduating high school seniors with a 100 percent tuition-paid scholarship for any of MTI’s workforce training programs. Winners will have the opportunity to select from a number of in-demand vocational courses and programs including welding, HVAC, medical assisting, dental assisting, truck driving and more.

The program, in collaboration with TV personality Mike Rowe, was established in 2013 as a partnership between MTI and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to foster an interest in a wide range of mechanical trade and allied health careers. Each year, approximately $800,000 in scholarship funds is awarded to help high school students gain the skills and experience necessary to secure meaningful employment in today’s competitive workforce and develop into industry-leading professionals.

Speaking of the program’s importance, MTI’s Director of High School Development Eric Gleason believes the program can play a vital part in helping today’s high school students realize their future without the expense of a traditional college degree.

“Student loan debt can follow you for many years and this scholarship opportunity allows you to graduate debt free,” Gleason said. “For example, as a college graduate, I still owe $4,000 and I am 36 years-old.”

To be eligible, students must be graduating seniors during the 2015-2016 academic year and submit a brief essay and video detailing why they should be selected as a scholarship winner. Submitted videos will be uploaded to MTI’s website for a period of public voting where the video with the greatest number of votes will be declared the winner.

Submissions will open Sept. 1 and be accepted through March 25, 2016. Public voting on student videos will run from April 1 to May 1, and winners will be announced on or about May 6.

For more information about the scholarship program, including previous winners, visit www.midwesttech.edu. Media inquiries should be directed to MTI’s Director of Marketing Stacey Wierman at (217) 527-8324, or swierman@midwesttech.edu.

About Midwest Technical Institute

Midwest Technical Institute offers hands-on training in a number of mechanical trade and allied health career fields to help students succeed as a member of today’s rapidly-changing workforce. MTI, along with its sister school, Delta Technical College, operates seven campuses across the Midwest and Mississippi Delta regions. For more information, visit www.midwesttech.edu.

  • Nick Q

    Thank you Mike Rowe for putting on progams like this. I just heard you on TED, while reseaching apprenticeship interview questions and I really enjoyed what you had to say. Currently I am in the process of changing careers, from Chef to Commercial Driver. I was accepted for the Construction Driver interview process but contemplating how to support my family during the unpaided 14 week beginning process of the training.I currently live in Kodiak, AK., and will be training in Anchorage. Does this scholarship process still exist and if so can you point me in the right direction? Thank You! Nick Christescu/cookteq@gmail.com

  • bisquitbrain

    Mike, I really like your attitude. It is not about pointing fingers, it’s about doing things that need to be done, regardless of politics. Sadly many people don’t want to face the fact that even their best ideas won’t work if they don’t. I have a grandson who is a great kid, but a lousy student. His head is not in the classroom. It is in the world outside where he wishes he could be, riding his bike or working on one of his many projects in my garage. He can take things apart and put them back together with precision, complicated things. I worry for him in this modern world where academic minds leave kids like him behind when all he wants to do is be busy at what he is interested in and can do. He will be great at whatever he decides to do in life and I only hope he can find an opportunity like many of your successes.
    Keep up the good work.
    BTW, I know this is political(in today’s PC world), but you may someday think about helping us with localizing our education control. It’s been stolen from us by people who are certain they are smarter than us.

  • Michael Muscarella

    Is there a 2017/2018 program?

  • Ellen

    Are there any scholarship programs for 2017/2018 available?

  • Toni Sexton

    Hi Mike,
    I am hopelessly middle class and my daughter is trying to go to college for Agriculture Education/ and technology at Montana State University. We miss the Pell Grant by a fraction, and my EFC is scary. I guess my question is: will my daughter qualify for your scholarship if it is still open.