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The mikeroweWORKS Foundation 2011 SkillsUSA Competitor Scholarship Winners Announced

SkillsUSA and The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, with support from Lee Jeans, are pleased to announce that travel scholarships to attend the Skills USA 2011 National Leadership and Skills conference have been awarded to:

•    Justin Holbrooks, Wood County Technical Center, Parkerburg, WV

•    Josie Colonna, Monmouth County Career Center, Freehold, NJ

•    Brittany Belgarde, Helena High School, Helena, MT

•    Forrest Barker, Suwannee-Hamilton Tech Center, Live Oak, FL

•    Carrick Ashworth, Sabin Schellenberg Center, Milwaukie, OR

•    Forrest Teague, Lawrence County Center of Technology, Mouton, AL

•    Luzbeth Rodriquez, Warwick Area Career and Technical Center, Warwick, RI

•    Nina Palombo, Chariho Regional High School, Kingsport, TN

•    Forrest Smith, Warwick Area Career and Technical Center, Warwick, RI

•    Kellie Green, Kamiah High School, Kamiah, OR

•    Pamela Roberts, Sullivan South High School, Kingsport, TN

•    Heidi Smith, H.C. Wilcox Technical High School, Meriden, CT

•    Scott Eckensberger, Seminole Vocational Education Center, Seminole, FL

•    Drew Forrest, Spring Lake Park High School, Spring Lake Park, MN

•    Terri Haupt, Seminole Vocation Education Center, Seminole, FL

•    Bryanna Auverson, Lewiston Senior High School, Lewiston, ID

•    Monica Briner, Highland Community College Technical Center, Atchinson, KS

•    Supansa Banker, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI

•    Julian Ellison, Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative, Chaska, MN

•    Brian Murphy, Communications High School, Wall, NJ

The scholarship was set up to provide support for SkillsUSA state contest winners who had insufficient chapter, school or community resources to participate at the 2011 National SkillsUSA Championships.   Initially, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation had set aside $10,000 to provide 10 students with the funds.  Once Lee Jeans heard of the project, they jumped on board and matched the initial amount so that a total of 20 scholarships could be awarded.

“As a company, we want to support the same values which Lee Jeans was built on more than 100 years ago. This program offers us a great opportunity to support hard-working students, Lee National Denim Day ambassador Mike Rowe, mikeroweWORKS and The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, all which celebrate the success realized with hard work,” said Liz Cahill, Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for Lee Jeans. “We are proud to be a part of the SkillsUSA effort to expand on what Rowe is offering to students nationwide. “

There were over 150 applications received and the recipients were selected by a small committee of Skills staffers.

Three mikeroweWORKS Scholarship Winners Medal at SkillsUSA -HERE

“Hi, my name is Tina White” – Read Post – HERE

SkillsUSA Interview with mikeroweWORKS VP & Director of Operations Tina White - HERE

SkillsUSA Trains Our Next Generation of Workers – HERE

mikeroweWORKS Scholarship Luncheon at SkillsUSA -HERE

  • Pia Y.

    Congratulations to all of the recipients.

  • KathyZ

    Thanks to Lee and mikeroweWorks, and thanks to the 150 applications! I think that kind of participation is great, but it also shows how great the need is. Kudos to Mike for starting all this.

  • Christie Teague

    What a great exp. for all! Thank each persons involved in helping us get to KC for comp. Forrest will have memories to last a life time..Thank you for careing for our kids.

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  • Forrest

    This is Forrest Barker from Suwannee-Hamilton technical center.

    I would like to thank you for funding my way to SkillsUSA national competition, and for giving me a chance to meet so many great people such as yourself. Sadly I placed 5TH out of 44 in my competition. However I am just glad that I even had the chance to attend the national conference, and do things that I have never had the chance to do before. So for that I thank you, because without your help and people like you I wouldn’t have been able to attend. THANK YOU Forrest Barker