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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.

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2016 Work Ethic Scholarship Program – is closed.

For the third year in a row, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s Work Ethic Scholarship Program announced another pile of free money available for an education to learn a skilled trade. This program rewards people with a passion to get trained for a skill that is in demand. Look for the next Work Ethic Scholarship Program to be open in the spring of 2017.

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

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.

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. – APPLICATION PROCESS IS CLOSED.

Learn more about the program – HERE.



  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Robin Matchett

    I am the very proud mom of two sons who are both eager and passionate about welding. They are in the process of securing the items necessary to attend a trade school for structural welding and so excited. The barrier of course is the cost of getting both there. Any direction you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

  • Lori L Coubal

    Are there any other scholarship opportunities??

  • Bill-June Cox

    As a tech. teacher here in Winona, MO, I am very interested in helping students Graduating in 2018 apply for this scholarship! Any info would be much appreciated.

    June Cox

  • Bruce Cramer

    Working older guy. Mechanical/electric/control engineer
    type, 50 years’ experience would love to share my experience with your
    group! Like to teach based on my real world experience, like to share my wisdom (?) if you could use my help, free, or as a paid friend!

  • Mitchell Lippel

    my van is too old for Uber according to the web page,