Grainger invests in the future of the skilled trade workforce through the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program. Each year, the company works with the American Association of Community Colleges to offer 250 scholarships of $2,000 each at 125 community colleges in the United States. They are awarded to students in skilled trade programs such as plumbing, welding, automotive and construction. Half of the scholarships offered are earmarked for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2014, Grainger expanded the scholarship to 25 new schools and added public safety as an eligible field of study. In addition to the scholarship, Grainger provides custom Westward® toolkits to program recipients who complete their degrees, a meaningful incentive for students to finish school. Many employers require skilled workers to bring their own tools to work, so the toolkits help prepare graduates to launch a successful career in their chosen field. Since 2006, Grainger has donated more than $2.7 million to support technical education.
Growing up, I always connected members of the military and those in public service with superheroes. I was fascinated by their sense of duty and their call to make a difference. I always rooted for the good guys. Now I’m doing just that. I’m no hero, but I love helping others as a firefighter and EMT.
Firefighter and EMT
Andrew Heiler volunteers and works part-time as a firefighter for the Town of Salem Fire Rescue in Wisconsin. He is a 2014 graduate of Gateway Community College and was awarded a Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship to support his study of fire protection technology and emergency medical service. Andrew aspires to earn a bachelor’s degree and become a full-time firefighter.