Grainger invests in the future of the skilled trade workforce through its Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program. Each year, the company works with the American Association of Community Colleges to offer two scholarships of $2,000 each at 125 community colleges in the U.S. The scholarships are awarded to students in skilled trade and public safety programs such as plumbing, welding, automotive, construction, fire safety and law enforcement. Half of the scholarships offered are earmarked for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition to the scholarship, Grainger provides tools to students after they graduate to help them launch a successful career. Since 2006, Grainger has donated more than $3.1 million to support technical education.
Local Community College Support
In 2015, Grainger partnered with the City Colleges of Chicago to award scholarships to five students at Olive-Harvey College pursuing a certificate or degree in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) Program. This special grant provided by Grainger supports Olive-Harvey as the college continues to advance its TDL program, which prepares students for success in the growing field.
Grainger also partners with One Million Degrees, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to providing comprehensive support to low-income, highly motivated community college students. Grainger’s Business Resource Groups have provided financial support to One Million Degrees and are being trained as coaches and tutors to help mentor community college students.
2015 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Student Profile
The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program helped Luis A. Benitez-Leon pursue his education in Aviation Technology at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.
“When I was younger, I did not have a clue what I was going to do with my life,” Benitez-Leon said. “I struggled for a long time deciding what career path I wanted to take. My academic achievements gave me the confidence to realize that, as long as I work hard and stay focused, I can achieve the goals I set for myself. I had an affinity for working with electronics, but never thought of making a career out of this skill until now. I decided to pursue my Airframe and Power Plant and Avionic certifications, because I recognized the opportunity that education represented. This career path allows me to take advantage of the demand for aviation professionals, to become independent and to do something I enjoy.”