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Want to Attend a Trade School? You Should Apply for Mike Rowe’s Scholarship

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Television star Mike Rowe is no stranger to hard work. He also believes people with a strong work ethic and a passion for skilled jobs should be rewarded.  

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation recently announced the application window is open for its Work Ethic Scholarship Program.

People interested in getting trained at a vocational or trade school for a skilled job are encouraged to apply.

If you’ve got a great work ethic and want to learn to be a plumber, electrician, welder or other skilled job worker, this scholarship can help you get the training you need.

The 2018 Work Ethic Scholarship Contest

Check out these details about this vocational school scholarship.

As you work through the application process, be sure to pay extra attention to the rules about how to submit a video, or your video may not be considered.

Amount awarded: “a pile”

To qualify for this scholarship, you must be:

  • Willing to sign a work ethics pledge
  • A high school senior, graduate or GED recipient
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in a vocational or trade school
  • Planning to graduate after Dec. 1, 2018

To apply, you must:

  • Sign the The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge at the time of application
  • Provide two references from a teacher, boss, superior or supervisor
  • Write a persuasive essay about why you are a good scholarship candidate
  • Provide attendance records (optional)
  • Make a short video that mirrors what you talk about in your essay

Scholarship deadline:  June 4, 2018

You can read the rest of the official rules and guidelines here.

And if you’re looking for even more scholarships to apply for, be sure to check out our list of 100 scholarships that will help you pay for college.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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