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Scholarship Opportunities

One of the most important objectives of the mrW Foundation is to continually provide opportunities for financial aid to help those qualified individuals who are interested in learning a skill and mastering a trade.  Toward that goal, we are continually creating a variety of scholarship programs with like-minded institutions and organizations. Each program has it’s own nuances but all are similar in that they intend to further Mike’s “PR Campaign for Hard Work.” Check back often for the latest offerings.

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

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.

Learn more about the program – HERE.

2015 mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship


For the third year in a row, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist eligible individuals who plan to pursue an education in a vocational or similar trade-related program.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

Locate guidelines, application and more at Scholarship America – mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Program


You can find the list of 2014 mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship finalists with links to their application videos - HERE.

  • Dan Dolan

    You should make a poster of the S.W.E.A.T. pledge.

  • Eric Pierce

    This is great! My son is only 15 and has taken interest in welding. Have been talking about how it would be a great career for him. He is a hard worker and when he gets to his senior year will be applying for scolarship. Thanks for what you are doing.

  • Deb frank

    I would like a copy of the document u have to sign to get a scholarship to a trade school

    • http://www.crowmeris.com/ CrowMeris

      Read the article. Click on the link provided. Print it out.

  • Teslanedison

    Are you considering adults, such as those who have lost their jobs or are in fields that require skill change or diversification?

    • CDD

      What little pride I have left doesn’t want me to write this, as I personally find my situation embarrassing. I am unemployed to the point where I am now statistically INVISIBLE! I was originally trained and certified in a trade, and worked nearly six years in a manufacturer’s R&D lab. When the company I worked for went under in 2011, I was rudely awakened a second time. I found that the trade rejected my level of experience as I worked in a lab, not “out in the real world”. I further found that my trade prefers 19 year olds to 46 year olds, although nobody would come right out and say so. I stubbornly refused to see things for what they were and continued to try to find work in my trade. When I finally woke up to the reality of that not working, I started looking for anything to help me support my family, as my unemployment benefits had expired and would not be extended. After hundreds of applications and resumes sent- to no response, I finally DID get a response. ” Judging by your resume, you are obviously over qualified. Which says to me, you will spend every spare moment looking for something better. That leaves me high and dry when you find it.”
      So, I get it now! I need to retrain, but due to my family’s financial situation, (we’re getting by on what my Wife makes as a Server.) I need all the help I can get to go back to school.
      I am looking at taking Machinist training @ my local Community College, and the entire program costs approximately $10,000 without any assistance. Any help to that end would be greatly appreciated!
      Clint Dolce

      • Teslanedison

        I can understand your plight, you should consider joining linked in, and paying the subscription fee. It feels like you have a knack for communications enough that might gain you some influence in forums and the like. Through engaging commentary you can open doors via likes and replies. Certainly better then throwing emails and letters against a brick wall. Then there’s ATSM which is a standards development organization, there are opportunities there. Finally you can take all your courses and not declare your major which allows you to apply for scholarships. Do your research about your local community college not all are created the same, of highest importance is their internship programs typically required the senior year or jr year, if the college does not have good associations then you could end up with bills and no useful experience in the eyes of some employers. Finally think carefully about what you are looking at a certification in, just because it’s offered doesn’t mean it’s actually a field that will have open jobs when you graduate. A modern machinist in my opinion needs to be proficient with many C&C applications, EDM, laser, router. Those automated systems along with advances in 3d printing are likely to disrupt the market in the near term. So computer programing, 3d modeling for CAD, robotics & industrial design might put you in a better position in the long run. Pennfoster Workforce development has a decent program design to compare a community college against. Don’t get snared into some over a decade old program that is not using current technology, tour a cutting edge shop you’d like to work at some day then tour the college, if they don’t match find another educator. Also do some research on MEMS technology, it’s a process for building fully functional mechanical and electrical systems using micro/nano scale processes, it’s really where the future of machining is likely to go as you can mill and print bond an entire product including integrated circuits on a flat wafer then have it pop up/ fold into a structure. What that means is that you can build small unique machines quickly and cheaply that work to accomplish a larger product that once took a huge warehouse and a large workforce to build.

        • Victoria

          This is good advice, I’ve made incredible contacts via linkedin.

          • The Dude Abides in Truth

            I HATE LinkedIn.

      • Teresa Ragan

        Clint contact your local Workforce Investment Office or check with the financial aid office at your local community college and ask them for the contact information for your local WIA office. There’s grant money out there for laid-off workers to get retrained under the Workforce Investment Act. For others who may be reading this that are not laid-off, there’s also funds for Adults and Youth that are based on income.

      • TiaJill

        Hi Clint, I just got a scholarship secured for Project Management- 5K to $10K
        throughout the WIA (Workforce Investment Act). Try contacting The One Stop. Good or equivalent in your area.. Good Luck! Good Researching…

  • Virginia Moreland

    I hope you are considering community colleges as excellent places for vocational training. More than 80% of first responders (nurses, EMTs, Fire, Police) are trained at community colleges. Plus, welding, advanced manufacturing, electrical, machinists, etc. are trained at community colleges. Community colleges also cost FAR less than universities or any private, for-profit tech schools like ITT. So let’s be clear that not ALL colleges are unaffordable and produce useless degrees.

  • Tony Scher

    I absolutely agree with this idea of helping kids enter the trade fields and wish I could do more to help. In todays schools kids are made to feel as if they are lessor humans if they don’t want to attend college(I know this from personal experience as me high school counselor would not let me attend shop class because my grades were to good) I still work in the trade industry today and have a great career with more opportunity than almost all the people I know who attended 4 year schools. although as I saw in another commit if I had it to do all over again I would have attended a community college instead of a true profit trade school as the education is better( another from experience from tudoring many community college interns in my daily job.

  • Just me

    My son graduated from high school in 2011. I sent him to vocational school for Telecommunications. He received a full scholarship from a Telecommunications, finished his certification in one year and it didn’t cost him a dime. After 1 year of working in the trade industry, he makes more money than me! I have a college degree, have been working in an office environment for 16 years and my 20 year old son makes more money than me! The best decision I ever made was sending him to a vocational school.

  • Joanne Fogle

    I am trying to make a living as an artist – not that it’s my passion, it’s what I do. My passion is being a student. Got any ideas?

    • Teslanedison

      If you are passionate about being a student then you are probably a good researcher. R&D can be lucrative depending on the industry. Art is a complex field, you produce a subjective product, that may or may not be a necessity.Once upon a time an artist was just that because they had access only to the knowledge and information that allowed them to ply that particular trade, now with the internet, youtube, and the like you have an open university worth of educational materials. You can target your audience and make art that fits a market, rather than make a market that fits your art, which often happens after artists are dead. Being a life long student, often leads to being a lecturer, because after a while you become a repository of information that most are too lazy or sometimes both time & geographically incapable of having access to.

  • Leo Naumann

    Dear mr rowe
    Iam planning to go to Linn tech for disel mechanic
    I was wondering if linn tech is part of your program
    Thank you for your time
    Scott naumann

  • differentlydriven

    Mike are any of these school out west in Phoenix Arizona? Or will the person who is learning the job have to relocate? And if so how are they to support themselves while learning the job? I have two sons neither is going to college, and I really don’t believe that neither wants to stay in a minimum wage job. I believe they would do better at a skilled job. I would really like to see them working in an apprentice type position with a decent wage. They don’t have to get awesome wage to start but something that provides sustenance is a good thing. The most important thing would be for them to have a skill. They both work well with their hands and that is a good thing too. They just don’t know what to do about it. They have UTI, and Welding schools out here of course, but how would someone go about finding out if they are interested in doing those things? High school provides some insight but my oldest is out of high school now and the youngest is a junior he’s still may have opportunity. What say you mike?

    • differentlydriven

      Also mike they told my son that he couldn’t be a welder or an electrician because it takes too much math. So what of that?

      • Lindsay

        Take a trip to your closest community college. They have a career center there and speak to an advisor. There are 10 community colleges in the greater Phoenix area. It is true that some two year degrees require some math but very basic-usually believe algebra two. It depends though- many certificates do not. Do some research online. Good luck!

  • Chloe W

    My son is going to attend UTI in Phoenix, AZ, the auto and diesel mechanic program. We would love to see that school included. They are all over the country and are participated by many companies, such as Cummins, Ford, Detroit, Western Star…. how would one go about encouraging a school’s participation?

    • Jaime

      It’d be nice if they open it up to adult students as well. I’ll be attending UTI in Norwood, MA in April 2014 for Diesel and Industrial Technology.

  • Gary Delz

    “Sign the SWEAT Pledge….it’s not in a program that will accept signatures, sooooo…
    I’m assuming we print it out, sign it……and then……no instructions at bottom of SWEAT Pledge

  • Andrea McCullough Alexander

    What a wonderful initiative. My son is a high school senior and I’ve been planting the seed about pursuing a job in the technical field for some time now. I would love to see some schools on the East Coast hop on board.

  • Lacey Dugger

    Hi there, I am wondering if you have any type of scholarship program that would support a High School Robotics team? Our local High School has implemented Robotics and Programming classes for the first time this year and the Robotics team has 2 competitions. With those competitions comes a need for sponsors however our little community of 1597 friendly people and 1 grouch can not meet the financial need. Please let me know if you have any scholorships that a high school robotics team would be eligible to apply for. Thank you. If you have a moment you can check out their FB page https://www.facebook.com/nedwardskfhs?ref=br_tf

  • Tori Wheeler

    Just wondering if your scholarships are available for Canadian residents?? There are a lot of trade schools here (NAIT or SIAST for example) which promotes trades.

  • Tim HK Cartwright

    I’d like to see my school get with the MikeroweWORKS Foundation. It is the Michigan Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT) who offer aviation, power technology, and transportation dispatch programs. I graduated there and am now a Wind Turbine Technician. I love my job, best decision i ever made.

  • Farmer6045

    Currently attending University of Northwestern Ohio for Agricultural Diesel would like to see scholarship to this school as I would deffinately apply

  • Charlotte Vaughn

    Would you consider a returning student, working 40+ hours a week at a minimum wage job, going to school 12 hours a semester (next semester registered for 15) and can show excellent grades (current last completed semester resulted in a 3.5gpa and a deans list letter)?

  • Gene Sherman

    I started Vocademy (an education-focused) makerspace where ANYONE can come to learn hands-on skills and the use those skills to make anything they desire. We agree 100% with the goals of MRW are are doing our best to give people skills that make them “more valuable to the world.” We’d love to be one of those places where an MRW scholarship can be applied. Please take a look: http://www.Vocademy.com

  • Patti

    wish Missouri Welding Institute was on that list. My son wants to start classes there next July after he graduates high school.

    • Midwest Technical Institute

      Patti have you looked into our Journeyman Welder I program? We are partnered with the MRW Scholarship. You still have time to get registered. We would love to give you and your son a tour of our campus in Springfield, Missouri. We will be having a start on July 14, 2014

  • Pat Chesnut

    How about those in technical fields who wish to take expensive courses for certification? Can you lend a hand here?

  • Richard Clemens

    You might want to consider –as a scholarship opportunity — The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades (www.williamson.edu) located near Media, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Founded in 1888, Williamson offers a three-year post -secondary education leading to an Associates in Specialized Technology degree. It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. it offers associate degree programs in carpentry, brick masonry, machine tool technology, paintings and coatings, power plant technology and horticulture. Virtually all of its students get jobs at graduation or pursue further education. It is the only trade school of its kind in the country. Thanks to income from an endowment and contributions, tuition and room and board are free but there are some modest deposits and fees.

  • Merrilee Stevenson

    All the scholarships I saw were “only open to high school seniors.” Are there any scholarships available for people willing to S.W.E.A.T. who are looking for a career change? In their 40′s?

    • Don Booth

      YES! The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing. Check us out at trainingndt.com

  • Lori Shontz

    I work at a Technical college. How do we become involved in your program??


    I am 58 yrs old and in need of a new career . Is there a place for me in this grand dream ?

    • milworker

      Yes, there is. Do you have the infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done? Can you fix a thing, solve a problem, or make something work? Doesn’t matter what that problem might be, when it’s put before you, if you’re the kind of person that is willing to pick it up and run with it, there will always be a place for you in this grand dream.

      Is that difficult to market, probably. Almost certainly. People don’t understand what it means to fix something. Some people call it “thinking outside the box” “improvisation”, whatever. I call it a person I want to know. Degrees are nice, picture frames need filling and I don’t want a high school dropout removing my spleen. But I’m not here to support the picture frame industry, and my spleen works (knock on wood) well I think.

      If you are the kind of person I’m talking about, and you market yourself as someone who will confidently and purposefully seek out answers to any problem that comes your way, you’ll do fine at any age. In fact, you’ll do 1000% better than most college graduates. Many of them are counting on that piece of paper to mean something. Nobody taught them the law of supply and demand.

      So, tell us about yourself, what you did before you were given this great new opportunity to reinvent yourself, and what kind of hobbies you have. An INTELLIGENT employer will see the value, all the others don’t matter, and you wouldn’t want to work for them anyway. Not if you’re the kind of person I’m thinking of.

      Your turn.

      • http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections/John-Muir-Papers/Transcriptions.html?utm_source=Link&utm_medium=GoRedirect&utm_campaign=muirwords Jenifer Garney

        Many of us can do these things. We have a lot of experience. We think outside the box. We would make valuable employees. But a lot of employers see our intelligence, resourcefulness and experience as *too expensive* for them, and they opt to hire young and energetic disposable employees because there is no end of that pool in our economy.

        My parents told me to stay in school, don’t get drunk or do drugs, go to college, and everything will turn out all right. I don’t like people saying that I’m some kind of “educated idiot” because I followed my parents’ advice and values — and besides, they wouldn’t pay for me to go to cosmetology school. They said over their dead bodies.

        What is your company? Do you have the power to hire? We aren’t here for more platitudes. I am afraid for my family and my own mental health. Extended unemployment leads to some scary levels of depression. I’ve been unemployed for over a year with no unemployment benefits to draw from. No welfare to collect. My son and I have had to live with some very patient family members, and I have been sleeping on a couch in a family room with no privacy for far too long. This kind of thing is a crisis in America. I am a 46-year-old woman with a broad educational background (and a degree) who is willing to train to do any dirty (legal) job that would pay enough for us to live in a small apartment, buy food, pay utilities and pay my student loans. I am one of MANY in horrible circumstances who can’t find a way back into the workforce. I currently do not even have a cell phone. I am about to undertake a journey into trucking school so I can apply to drive a big rig cross country, out there where I can’t even raise my child from, so someone else will have to do that, but the vocation has over a 100% turnover rate, so surely there is a place for me with so many unwilling to continue. I have nothing to lose. My life? Already lost that. No. Employers don’t see the value. They don’t. Unless you are an employer who is willing to personally extend a hand and hire a person, or many, we don’t need to hear this same drivel.

  • CW

    Can you help people who are not graduating and are a bit older than HS who have no training due to expense and want to learn a trade to fill these positions – like a mother – who has no options for learning but wants to learn….? and fill available positions!

    • TiaJill

      Have you looked into being a Driver? It’s kinda fun working as an UBER Driver; is an easy way to have your own business with zero upfront costs. Plus you can write off things like phone, milage, & lessee note. At least this is a good way to keep the ball rolling while your working out the details of a different position.

  • Jericho Scarey

    My husband is just finishing up his certification to be a Ford Technician at Cerritos College. My husband is retired Army but only qualified for 60% of his 9/11 GI
    bill. So anything they don’t pay, we have to with only my income.

    You should look into community colleges that have programs like this. Cerritos was the first and oldest Ford Tech program. I think students that struggle in these schools are just as eligable as those going to a “Tech” or vocational school. And there really should be more of those opened here in California as well.

  • James Brunsgaard III

    My son finally decided to go for a technical school program to be a electrician at a very good school in MN called Dunwoody College of Technology. This was after finishing a general associate degree at a local community college. The tuition is very expensive unfortunately since it is one of the best technical schools in the country. Unfortunately, since his sister is attending college to get a accounting degree and us paying a expensive mortgage are fiances are stretched. I am a retired former enlisted man and can only find part time work and it really tears at me to see my son having to deal with over $14 Grand worth of loans a year to finish this degree at 7% interest. That is on top of the nearly $10 Grand of debt he has accumulated getting his associate degree. We are helping him as much as we can but I sure wish the scholarship would be open to young college age adults in addition to high school students. I do appreciate what you are doing Mike and we sure do need more folks in the trades instead of wasting their money on useless degrees like social justice.

    • Teslanedison

      As a former enlisted man have your children taken advantage of benefits for education available for children of people who have served in the military? Is your son pulling high grades, and active in associations related to his field, if so there are many scholarships out there, most schools can provide insight through their academic counseling office, tell him don’t just talk to one school adviser, each one has different experiences and as such a potential different insight. Your son needs to understand that loans are long term investments in his academic learning power, the penalty for performing poorly is directly proportional to the amount of the debt and the time it will take to pay it off. Higher grades equals less cost, as scholarships and grants become available to unburden the financial load. He should look at the qualification requirements of a dream grant and work to get there, exactly as a roadmap. I’m telling you this after over 15 years of working with in and around Colleges, 4 Universities and 3 community colleges. Educational facilities operate much like vegas, in that the house always wins by statistical margin regardless of the student’s personal outcome. Simply, if the opportunities are not given easily they have to be pursued and made, the degree is not the true function of a University, the process of self education and working with others is where a functioning career is based. The degree will open doors yes, what was done with it in the learning will determine success. Beyond all platitudes, and above all else, network, network, network, know people’s names and keep in touch. For what Edison lacked in innovative ability he made up for in communications skills.

  • Will Aldrich

    I hold a four year degree for aviation management that I currently do not use. Right now I am a technician for a small company that I enjoy, but everything I earn goes right to paying off my student loans. If I didn’t have these loans over my head I would be very happy earning what I am currently earning now. My wife is in a similar situation as well. We both have degrees, but we cannot even use them and now we have to pay off a huge debt. I wish I knew then what I know now.

    • Teslanedison

      Wow, well I’d say you’re a candidate to jump on the exploding sUAS market, if you are current on your loans you could qualify for additional educational grants, the university of North Dakota has the nod from the FAA in regards to an educational program, as well as K-state. Again I’ll mention the ASTM as it’s relevant to your chosen field even if you are not working at it. Depending on the job structure and hours it might be possible to explore other opportunities, if it will benefit your employer they might even assist you. Some employers get very nervous if you mention that you are uncomfortable with the box that you are in, so be cautious, and carefully analyze the situation before making any statements that could affect your job, a solid job is better than no job. In America we still have a very old management system that prides itself on the stability of keeping staff on a particular task for an indefinite period of time, stemming from the age of the division of labor and the like, that system is starting to face the reality of repeated disruptive innovations that make whole sectors of their business operations irrelevant sometimes overnight. The future is providing equity in your staff, growing them as you grow, while it seemed a pipe dream in the 80′s something of movie fantasy fiction it’s more of a necessity in this century as global competitors are not sitting still waiting to participate in any one persons perceived monopoly.

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  • Brittany Blackmon

    Mr. Rowe,
    I am currently enrolled in school at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, TX. I am in the automotive program, and am working toward getting my Associates of Applied Science in Automotive Technology. One of my teachers keeps telling me to go an apply for your scholarship, so I keep checking back to see if our school has been added to the list. Please consider us!
    Brittany Blackmon

  • Brooks Dawson

    I have to ask the same question as Teslanedison. I have spent 18 years in construction and have gotten my education in Drafting and Design plus Project Management in which I have been able to get loans for but now if I want to pursue any kind of career or field I need to get certifications for which I needed to have a degree in order to apply for some of these certification. It is a catch 22 because I have no job to pay for my loan not to mention to get certifications. I do side jobs to help pay bills and that is about all have been able to do. Again I have to consider moving away from my family in order to find work, like I did between 2009 – 2011. Discouraged in California. I have owned my own business remodeling house but again the labor pool is limited and non-skilled. I don’t have time to educate nor run a business at the same time. If I could position myself to where I can give back my knowledge I would but I have responsibilities to my family first.

  • Michele Pierson

    Why are these scholarships only available to high school Seniors? I am an adult female i
    n need of a new career. My current profession as a school bus driver of 22 years, is in grave jeopardy. I really want to attend Midwest Technical Institute to become a welder.

    • Midwest Technical Institute

      Michele we would love to talk to you about other funding options that you might be eligible for. Where are you located? When and how is the best way to contact you? We have a class starting on February 10th, we would love to see you here!

      • milworker

        And that’s how this whole thing works… speak up, move up. I hope it works out for Michele.

  • Pat

    Please make a poster of the S.W.E.A.T page!

  • Kevin Kingrey

    I am currently enrolled at a local community college here in Oregon that is for all intents and purposes, a really great trade school. I’m in the manufacturing technology program, learning machining and programming, loving what I’m learning and looking forward to working at it soon. I just wanted to put a word in for Clackamas CC in hopes that your foundation might take a closer look at this school and schools like it.

  • cmcgaha

    When will the 2014 application be available. It is not pulling up completely right now. Just the title. .Please ad Riggs CAT to your list of companies you are partnering with and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. Thank you, cmcgaha

  • cj6166

    My son is 29 and obviously not a high school senior. We live is a rural town in Arizona. Do you have any programs that might be good for him? He has a few years of HVAC experience however; he wants to further this knowledge and possible open his own business.

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  • Bobb Holden

    I do not have a degree, am 56 years old and am the go to guy where I work, and also where I live. I am surrounded by Dr.’s , Lawyers, Engineers, in my neighborhood but am always the “GO TO” guy when something goes wrong. No I AM NOT embarrassed because I am not degreed. I’m sorry to say in my field we consider “THEM” as educated idiots. Give them ‘HELL” Mike….

    • milworker

      Must be the Holden in you! My grandfather William Robert Holden started out as a janitor and ended up a senior engineer at Detroit Edison. Different time, but my dad did pretty much the same thing, and I’ve spent the last 25 years doing pretty much the same thing. Good employers know the value of a person, they don’t much give a crap about the credentials.

  • WeldMan

    http://www.mwi.ws 800-667-5885

  • Jason W

    Good Work, Mike!

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  • Cassie Kaptur

    Is there a Scholarship for a graduating senior just getting out of a Career- Tech school or Vocational school? I placed 3rd in the Northwest Ohio Regional Carpentry Competition and I am going to states in April. My future plans are to go to college for Construction Management at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. With me being the youngest my family is tight on money with my older sister just graduating her masters in Architecture and my brother going to school for financing. I have a passion for Construction and would like to really like to further my education so I can help manage and lead projects. I am President of my SkillsUSA cluster at my vocational school (Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, OH) and President of NTHS at Penta. I have volunteered with Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity Multiple times. I would really like to show the guys in this industry that girls can do the same things and work as hard as guys can. Attached is a picture of the 2,200sqft house im helping build with in my class at school while I am still in high school.

  • Melissa Flaherty

    Check out IYRS School of Technology & Trades in Newport and Bristol, RI. We are an accredited trade school and our students come from a variety of backgrounds — some straight from High School, some Veterans translating their military skills into new careers, and even a few career-changers. Find IYRS on Instagram and YouTube to learn more about our three career training programs. http://www.iyrs.edu Make Anything Possible

  • TheDirtmover

    I’ve been in the “getting my hands dirty” way of life,, all my life.
    No, it’s not for everyone. But honorable non the less.
    Yes, it’s feast or famine at times. ( so save money during the good times)
    We need more of our kids to learn and continue on. Don’t let construction jobs become one of those ” jobs Americans refuse to do”.
    Hat’s off to Mike and his people.

  • Cassie Laberee

    Do we sumbit the video here or to UTI?

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  • Robbin Singleton Strope

    My son has took two years of welding in vocational school. He is going to Vincennes University for welding he is in his second semester… He wants to go out west and work on the pipe lines.. I am not the smartest cookie in the jar, but can he get Scholarships for his second year????????????. He is a very good kid he has been a Ten year member for 4-H Very good attendance while in school. He also holds down two part time welding jobs on the weekend… Thanks for your time

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  • timetoogettuff

    Mike my grandson just finished 1st , any advice? Grandson did an awesome job .Now on to Kansas ! Kyle Beyer finished 1st place in New York Collision Repair Technology , Corinth HS email me at albertdelprado@yahoo.com

  • Tea Party

    Hello Mike! Something I see in my profession is workers injured on the job, can’t return to their previous work, but can do something else. I encourage them to look into your scholarship foundation and find a compatible and interesting trade and get back into the workforce. As an injured worker myself (that’s how I got into this gig) I chose to return to school to be a vocational rehab counselor. Even though it’s not much, I wish I could afford your poster to hang in our office. With our country’s problems with entitlement, sometimes it becomes difficult to steer the ladies and gentlemen back towards a working, self-reliant, functional life. If you have any ideas for me, I’d be interested in hearing back from you if you ever get a moment between replying to other just as worthy cause. Thanks for your attitude and integrity!

  • ali

    I am one of those women who has been busting her tail at manual labour work since she was 15. But I’ve got a brain as well (yes, it’s true) and have found myself having to take desk work, and not field work anymore just to give my body a rest. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped busting my butt at outdoor work and construction or field stuff, I just can’t take paid jobs anymore. And that seems to be a point that is missing in so much of this promotion towards the trades; you can’t be a mechanic, a welder, a lineman, a carpenter, an ironworker your whole life. Unfortunately for most, the body can’t handle the wear and tear and/or noxious fumes. How many men and women do you see out there doing manual labour in their 60′s? I had no choice; I’m in my 40′s and my body is breaking down. I plan on being here for another 40 something years and would like to be able to walk at 60. I am a huge promoter of the trades, my son works in one and is busting his ass too (ironworker) thinking that he won’t suffer the consequences physically, but I hope that he learns other skills at the same time like running a business, so that when his time comes to be a hurting unit in his 40′s, he can translate those skills into something else that compliments his hard work and skill set. Promote scholarships and work in the trades, but I would love to see that complimented with helping people leaving the trades with business training, HR, and OH+S. My two cents (or fifty.)

  • Donna McKune

    My son graduated back in December 2013 as he was credits ahead in school. He has had trouble finding a job since then. Would this be something he would be qualified to apply for?

  • Sheryl Wright

    Care to expand your list a little? I have been wanting to become a massage therapist. I am told that I am naturally great at it, but would need a Massage Therapy certificate to actually “legally” start a business. Here in sunny So Cal…that costs $16,000. It is a 9 month program and not many colleges offer it, but who doesn’t love a great massage. I have visited my local Kaplan College and taken the tour. The classes teach every kind of massage known to man….almost…Please let me know if and when you might add my trade to the list. Thank You

    Sheryl Wright
    Riverside, Ca.

  • Forgotten Vet

    I just saw a scholarship opportunity for a circular saw blade sharpener. Well at my age anything will do, and it does not involve heavy lifting.

  • Amanda young

    I am a single mom that just wants to better my life for me and my children I have looked into going back to school and I have a few things that I would love to do but I just can’t afford to go back to school and still be a full time working mom as its my girls that would suffer. I have looked into the program women in trades and I truly would love to become an electrician. I would be beyond excited to go back to school to become an electrician

  • Dan Parrott

    I have a B.S. Degree in Horticulture and I am still looking for a full time job. Mike Please Help.

  • Drew Nord


    I work for the Dept of Defense and in partnership with the Dept of Energy we set up a summer internship for additive and advanced manufacturing for our veterans (link below). We are focused on trade skills for advanced manufacturing and have set up three National Public-Private Institutes (DMDI, LM3I and NAMII) to strengthen the US industrial base, and a critical area for this is workforce development and trade skills. We are focused on real skills for real jobs, especially for our veterans, and am interested in discussing how we could work with you. I set an email to: info@mikeroweworks.com with my contact info. Thank you


  • Shannon Lambert

    I found out about Your organization through Facebook of all places and as a mother to two young adults this is very encouraging to me. My oldest is 20 and has faced challenges already in his life surrounding employment, skill set and trades. I am a single mom who has been raising my kids for the last six years without the emotional or financial support of their father. I have been in management my whole adult career but could never afford to set money aside for college or tuition for either of my children and was forced to have the sit down conversation with my youngest who just graduated in July about her chances and possibilities for college and life after. I am a military child, and I have full faith in our military and also know that as of right now that is my daughters only opportunity to attend a college and work towards a trade that she can be gainfully employed with. She wanted to major in Art but I was very honest with her that she needs to have a “real” job. Something that would be able to support her financially throughout her adult life. A job in demand by companies. She took welding in high school and enjoys it and is looking into the military to become better at it while also learning other skills that will make her valuable when she gets out, but I did not realize that there were organizations out there geared toward educating our future generations that indeed there are jobs and skills out there that may not be popular to most but they are still in a very high demand and they pay very well in the long term as well as the short term. I guess what I am trying to say is Thank You for taking a interest in our future generations and giving us parents who may not be able to provide financially to invest in our children’s future in such a way. I will be showing this to my son and daughter both.

  • Jack Dias

    My retirement is on the horizon. I’ve taught my son (20 years old in October) a lot of non formal skills at home…mig welding, basic car repair and other useful farm skills. He hasn’t declared a major but is taking as many ag trades classes as he can afford and his employer will give him the time off. He reverently got a job with an agriculture management company as a shop apprentice at minimum wage. In his first three months he has pulled semi truck transmissions, retro fitted/ fabricated trailers into almond harvesting transports, fabricated whatever the company asks. Every time I see him, he is coveted in grease and had the biggest smile. He loves what he’s doing and realizes that he’s “paying his dues” right now and his skills will allow him success in the future.
    I’m proud of his work ethic and wish I could afford to pay for all of his books and classes. I don’t want to see him hit a financial wall and give up.
    He is also proud of his excellent grades… he was home schooled and never received a “real report card” do getting good grades just fuels his fire to strive for excellence.
    What programs are there for youngsters his age that are a couple years out of high school?

  • Landing School

    I’d like to see my school get involved with the MikeroweWORKS Foundation. We’re The Landing School in Maine where we offer programs in wooden boat building, composites, marine systems and yacht design. The marine industry is seriously in need of skilled workers but small schools don’t have the power to reach a larger audience. We’re working hard to fill the demand in the industry but for many trade schools across the country it’s a challenge that doesn’t yet have a solution.

  • Jake

    When does the 2015 scholarship start ?

  • Jeffrey Morrissey

    I am the Vice President of AfricanSynergistics, a for-profit due diligence / business facilitation company specializing in Africa. I had a talk with my Ethiopian partner today about the many infrastructure projects in East Africa and our thoughts turned to the lack of well-trained tradesman and the over-abundance of college and high school graduates with inappropriate skill sets. AfSyn is based in Washington, DC and we have good government contacts — if necessary — and perhaps some degree of sponsorship could, initially, come from that direction. I want this to be entirely private sector and for students to pay for their tuition and then be immediately employable. What we are trying to do is train young people in USEFUL, PRACTICAL jobs — either in Addis Ababa or in the US. I have seen “Dirty Jobs” — great show, by the way! — and see this step that you have taken with the Mike Rowe Works Foundation as a brilliant, logical outgrowth of your show. In closing, let me reiterate that our goal is to train African Students for development projects in precisely the same skill sets that you have identified as being in short supply in America; and it may be possible to do this with your sponsors here or in Ethiopia and for a profit. Everyone wins!

  • TommyCH

    Is there a process for a private, accredited electrical school to become a scholarship partner?

  • jessica

    Hello All! I am hoping to get some feedback in regards to movement for my career. I have been in leadership and banking for over 4 years. I have impeccable integrity and I am an honest, with a proven history to be driven. I am very compassionate and dependable. I am looking to step out of my comfort zone and get into a new career that is a better fit for me. I have high energy and I am looking for some guidance. Any advice would be very appreciated and if you are from KS maybe you could supply a few companies/openings to strive for!
    Warmest Regards,
    Jessica S.

  • XLC

    how can we become a scholarship partner?

  • Jeffrey Zison

    Here’s an utterly insane idea to help combat age discrimination. It’s got three prongs:

    Prong 1. Make it so that all jobs are hourly, all the way to the CEO. If you’re working, you’re getting paid, and if you’re not, you don’t.

    Prong 2. Eliminate all employer perks such as health insurance. There is no reason under the sun why you should have to have a job to have or be able to afford health insurance. Instead of employers negotiating lower rates, let all people get the same rates regardless of employment, citizenship, or marital status. Having an income, (versus NOT having one,) should be all the incentive anyone needs to show up at and work on a job.

    Prong 3. (This one’s going to make a lot of people MAD!) mandate that NO employee may work at any job, or several, for more than a set period of time. What period? Let’s start with 10 years, and adjust as necessary until AGE DISCRIMINATION IS NO MORE!!!

    You see, if you eliminate the reasons why an employer is likely to prefer a young candidate to an old, or vice-versa, the action is likely to disappear. If employers prefer younger ones because they’re less likely to cost more, for example, by not doing as much work because of all the health related absences, well, they don’t get paid if they’re not there. If the worry is they’ll cost more because of the healthcare requirements… prong 2 takes care of that. If the concern is they’ll retire on shortly after starting work, well, it won’t matter if you know, as a business-owner or boss that no matter what you do, a clock starts the day you hire someone and (let’s say,) 10 years from the day that person is hired, BAM, he/she’s GONE, even if you hired him/her at 18.

    If 10 years is too long, maybe make it 5. That way you know that, hey… any employee can only work for you for 5 years, after which that one has to go SOMEWHERE ELSE. This may seem like madness, especially when it means every person will be unemployed for years, but a few simple societal adjustments would be all that would be required to fix this; I would add that this would help encourage all people to keep their resumes up to date, and stay polished on job search and interviewing skills, since you know you’ll need them. Employers won’t have to worry about retirement because that will all be handled externally to them. No more pension funds, no more retirement parties… etc.

    Consider the advantages.

    First, it’ll be easier to convince people to save money when they know they’ll be out of a job, GUARANTEED within 5 years. You could even require each person to have an account at a bank or credit union that matures on termination, with mandatory deductions, like a 401K cum Unemployment Insurance that no one will be ashamed to tap. It’s yours, it’s your money, and it’s there if you need it.

    Also it might help level the playing field among businesses by ensuring the pool of talent available to hire has EVERYONE, and no one sits sequestered in one company for a lifetime, keeping experience bottled up and unavailable to others. No more no-compete agreements, no more terror for employees frightened to death of losing their jobs, so employers can’t mistreat workers anymore because they can in fact leave if they do, without worrying about being thrown out into the streets.

    The new rule would make it illegal to seek another job while you are employed. You do job hunting when you’re BETWEEN JOBS. That means, employers, that your workers won’t be looking to jump ship just because a better opportunity happens by. In fact, I’d even perhaps mandate a 30 day (also adjustable as needed, by law,) period of non-employment, a kind of forced vacation between jobs. Not only can you not work for one employer for more than a set amount of time, you must take a BREATHER before you can even start LOOKING for work. Mandatory vacation.

    Why, you may wonder, would anyone want to impose rules against working every day of your life like a slave until you drop dead of a heart attack? Yeah… why. I wonder.

    Employers pit their employees against each other, engage in sneaky non-poaching agreements, (and if you think when companies like Apple and Google, etc. get caught doing it, that they’re the ONLY ones who are doing it because they’re the ones who got caught… ahahhahahahahhhahah) and discriminate against people who are older, have been out of work, etc.

    We don’t have an unemployment problem in this country. We have a resource allocation problem. Workers are a resource, we just aren’t as good as a society at using that resource and part of the reason why is that we don’t have laws written and enforced to prevent people misusing this resource (by which I mean businesses misusing it,) to their maximal advantage. If you made it impossible for them to do this, it would likely curb the abuses to which people are subjected to.

    And let me add one more totally crazy point: anyone in business, and most people who have jobs are going to balk at these ideas, and if anyone actually tried to make this into federal labor law, they’d fight tooth and nail, probably violently to stop it, but EVERYONE would benefit. Employers don’t probably like discriminating even while they’re DOING it. But if they DON’T do it it makes it harder for them to compete with other businesses, so they MUST. If you make it so none of them CAN, the advantage one business could realize over another by illegally discriminating (that they can and do now do because it’s often hard to prove their doing it, or prohibitively expensive,) will be eliminated, making it so that the playing field is leveled in that respect.

    Another possible gripe would be that it would cost businesses more, having to train employees more often. Well, no. Not really, since their new hires will statistically, on average, be better trained since they’ve done a lot more different (but generally related, or similar,) JOBS. Also… waaaaah… oh noes, poor businesses will have to spend more time and money TRAINING employees, which IMPROVES the employee pool, and also helps keep their skills fresher. Built into the law would be review requirements to adjust the maximum duration employed, minimum unemployed time between jobs, so as to keep pace with changes as society changes, becomes alternately older and younger, as baby booms come and… go. Currently, the last boom is on its way out, as they leave the job marketplace, and life.

    Does this, or do I still sound completely crazy?

    Let me leave you with this:

    To imagine that one can keep things the same forever in a constantly changing world, now THAT is crazy.

    • Jeffrey Zison

      As an addendum, lemme add that this would be a great time to reform the criminal “justice” system, and labor laws and practices too. For example. No more parole. You do a crime, you serve your time, and you get out. Once out, (provided you didn’t escape,) and you’ve served your time, you don’t have to tell anyone you were in jail, or whatever. Employers won’t be permitted to ask, and there would be no one with whom to check. The sentence itself would be the only penalty permitted.

      Allowing discrimination against ex-cons only forces them economically into a position where they may be compelled either to endure poverty, a further punishment for a crime for which they already served their time, or to return to a life of crime, which I think is part of why our prisons seem to have revolving doors on them. If you don’t like recidivism, don’t force those who have “paid their debt to society” into a position of choosing between criminality and poverty. Let them have the same opportunities as anyone else. If we don’t guarantee them the same opportunities as everyone else has, we should at least not be surprised when surely enough, they don’t BEHAVE like everyone else does.

      (Incidentally, why yes, I am staunchly against the death-penalty, and mainly because of my religious beliefs; I feel it is barbaric, stupid, and immoral under ANY circumstances, as well as overly costly, and self-defeating. But that I will save for a future post, I just wanted to get that out there. The Death Penalty is an abomination and must be stopped.)

  • gsnug

    Are there any scholarships for adults wanting to go to a technology school?

  • USASteelerFreedom

    Great idea…if you know about it BEFORE you graduate high school. How about another scholarship for the kids who are already graduated and finally realize that this is the route for them. Maybe they have already put in a year or two at a traditional college? Or, even partner with Tech schools all across the country to give numerous partial scholarships.

  • Linda Myers

    Hi, been a fan of Mike for years. I’m proud he’s an American. I need help. My son in law is just finding out about this scholarship thing. He has worked in carpentry and roofing all his life but never had been able to get certified due to lack of funds. He’s trying to start a business here but needs those licences. Currently he and my daughter and their two kids are living with me. My daughter has terminal cancer. I wish I had the funds to help secure a future for him and the kids and take care of their needs. I don’t. How do we begin to find out if there is a way that he can get one of these scholarships? saltcreeknubians@windstream.net. thanks. Linda Myers

  • Cris Bearden

    Mike said, something to the effect…how hard it is to give away X amount of dollars. Please think of us older folks. I am a 47 year old woman. My ex is an aerospace engineer and I was a housewife for 19 years, now 5 years later after some major depression I work for $7.65 an hour at a Kroger. It was the only place that hired me after 100′s of applications. I thought I could go into healthcare, but I wear my heart on my sleeve and it would literally kill me to work in a field where I come home at the end of a shift and worry about people. I am going to start school Monday, June 8 at College of the Mainland for Process Technology. I have worked my old butt off at Kroger in the freezer, breaking down pallet load of merchandise and running rings around 18 year old boys. I can do this, but it would be nice to be able to apply for a scholarship to help me out. MIKE, HELP ME OUT WITH SOME OF THAT MONEY! I am going to do this, with or without anyone’s help, but it sure would make things easier.
    Cristine M. B. Guevara

  • Matthew Norris

    OMG! I am so tired on being told no, or worse, not getting a response at all!
    I am 45, father of 2 boys, 7 & 5, and unemployed. I have had numerous interviews over the past year, or so, and I never get a call back.
    I am, literally, a Jack-of-All-Trades! I don’t know ANYONE that can do as much as I can do without a degree!
    I am in DIRE need of some help in obtaining some employment!
    Is there a possibility of obtaining a part of this Grand Dream that you are talking about?

  • Eagleheartsong Avery N Annette

    I am 55 years old, after more than 35 years as a flooring contractor running my own business with several employees, the economy took a dump and suddenly everyone…gardeners, plumbers, and brother-in-laws were doing floors. Although they had no experience, they would bid jobs so low that it put me out of business, and I had to take work at the only thing I could find, a big box store making minimum wage. Going from $20,000 a month to less than 10% of that, we lost everything. Most housing in our area costs more than I make working 2 jobs, so our kids had to stay with family, while my wife and I became homeless in our car for several years. My wife has been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. She can’t work, doesn’t qualify for disability, and we can’t afford medical insurance. We had to start a gofundme page just so she could go to the doctor (http://www.gofundme.com/Eagleheartsong). All those years on my knees, and now on on my feet all day, has wore me out. I’ve been a hard working man my entire life, I never thought I would be earning less money now, than I did as a teenager. A roof over our heads and a decent living wage to take care of our families, really isn’t too much to ask for. Peace

  • Dan Bukowski

    Hi Mike, I just read your response to the “Right Wing Propoganda” your slinging. I have to say that you were more eloquent than Ted Nugent on Bill Mahr. Love your Show. Love what you stand for. Thank you for your Due Diligence. I used to be a dirty job worker, and I wish I could go back. Best days of my life, shoveling S__T. Hard work makes the man.
    Dan Bukowski

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  • Cassandra Martinez

    If you want a job learn computer science
    Learna high level language like perl, python, or C.
    Learn math, calculus is the study of functions while the function changes the input value to your new output – just like computers – put 2 years into it and i garantuee you a job paying over 60k a year and no chance of unemployment!

    Comment here for any questions if i get alot ill open a forum or email to how you can get started in this trade and hopefully one day work from home.

    Even learning HTML, CSS AND PHP and making websites will get you payed – dont let this opportunity slip by you – your not good at math or computers? No problem – work hard everyday at it and you will be!

    • Cassandra Martinez

      Here are some free sources to get you started – safaribooksonline.com
      A little trick of the trade – create a new profile with a free email and boom you got 10 free days with a huge library of education- and great textbooks on math and computer science- start a new account to continue your free trail as long as you need it (that goes for any program)
      Coursera.com – the have great FREE online classes that help build your skill set and learn what you need to
      Dont forget to read and write a lot and it will help with learning
      Go to a community college and get a fee waiver so your classes are free and get an associates in their computer classes

      Take this serious and you will go far

  • Diane Mehegan Cummings

    A big gushy thank you from my family. Just a few years ago, my son read a post of yours on Facebook. Can’t remember what it exactly said, it was a disgruntled man wanting to work but couldn’t find work in his field. He complained that there was no work in his area and no matter what he did he just could not find that perfect job. You tore him a new one, and inspired my son all in one post. In one post you changed my sons life. My son took a welding class at the high school the next semester, and showed real talent. So he applied for the welding program at the high schools vocational training program. Got in and worked hard. If you asked my son where he wanted to work, he would tell everyone he didn’t care, as long as he could weld. He talked about moving all the time, going where the work was. And as a protective momma bear, I sat quietly, smiled and prayed for a job close to home. In June he graduated from high school and got his welding certificates. And he looked for work in our area, to no avail. Three weeks after graduation he loaded up his truck and headed out of town to find a welding job. He spent three days on the road, trying to find a job, not the perfect job, but a job. And when he got home, he had it. And by some wonderful miracle it turned out to be the perfect job.

    He’s actually welding, been welding since day one. He loves his job, which makes his mom happy. He asked the guy who interviewed him why he chose him. It was a simple and straight out of the Mike Rowe play book answer.. he said that he hired him because he was polite and eager.

    So in a few short weeks he has gotten his first raise and has saved enough money to move closer to work. Momma bear is not thrilled, but happy for him and confident he will do well. And of course I will keep his room just the way he leaves it, just in case.

    We thank you and keep up the good work, you never know who is reading and being inspired.