Presenting the 2015 Class of Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program

Presenting the 2015 Class of Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program

While the industrial sector is filled with high paying and rewarding jobs, many of these positions are going unfilled in the United States due to a shortage of trained workers. To promote the importance of careers in the industrial skilled trades, Grainger, in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), launched the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program in 2006 to help students realize their educational and career goals. Since the program’s inception, Grainger has awarded nearly 800 scholarships. Half of the scholarships are earmarked for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

This month, we announced the 2015 class of Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship recipients. These students are pursuing innovative degrees and lucrative careers in Advanced Process Technology; Aviation Maintenance; Clean Air Diesel Technology; Fire Protection Technology; Safety Management; and Wind Turbine Technology. They represent the technicians, manufacturers, suppliers, and public safety professionals who will invigorate and safeguard our communities.

Russ Koskovich is a Tools for Tomorrow scholarship recipient and student at Kirkwood Community College. In honor of October, which is Manufacturing Month, we asked him why he is pursuing a career in the trades. “I am studying CNC Machining because I want to earn a degree in a high demand trade and be a part of the positive economic health of our country. With the decline of skilled workers and the uncertain financial climate, I want to be a piece of the puzzle to establish a robust future.”

We are proud to support students like Russ and work with more than 100 community colleges across the country through the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program. Business, student and community college partnerships are an important solution to building a stronger workforce. Congratulations to Russ and all of the Tools for Tomorrow scholarship recipients! For more student profiles and information on the scholarship program, visit Grainger’s skilled trades landing page.

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