Established in 2013, the mrWF/DeltaTech Scholarship program awards a select number of graduating high school seniors with a 100 percent tuition-free scholarship for one of DeltaTech’s workforce training programs in a number of mechanical trade, allied health and transportation career fields. Created as a partnership between the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and Delta Technical College, the mrWF/DeltaTech Scholarship program works to empower young people by providing them the necessary hands-on training to succeed in a number of in-demand, vocational careers. Seven students at each of DeltaTech’s campus locations will be awarded scholarships. To be eligible for consideration, students must submit a 250 word essay and a video up to five minutes in length explaining their desire to win the scholarship and the reasons why they should be selected. Videos will then be posted to DeltaTech’s Facebook pages and voted on by the public to determine each year’s winners. Submissions open Sept. 14 and must be received no later than March 25, 2016. Voting will begin April 1, 2016 and winners will be announced on or about May 6. During the initial 2013 program, more than 1,400 students submitted applications, and 269 students advanced to the final round of consideration. Roughly 49 students from across DeltaTech’s campuses were chosen to receive a scholarship. This year’s program looks to build on the impressive response from 2013 and continue the mission of providing students with the vocational training and skills to secure employment in today’s rapidly-changing workplace, and to develop and mature into industry-leading professionals.
As part of Mike Rowe’s campaign “for hard work and skilled labor”, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation was established to support tool stipends, scholarship programs and other initiatives to reinvigorate trade school enrollments, and vocational and technical programs across the country. In 2008, Mike launched the mikeroweWORKS Foundation website to help support the foundation and serve as an online resource for those looking to explore a variety of vocational careers, and to highlight the issues and concerns facing those in mechanical trades, allied health, mining and agricultural industries. To date, the foundation has provided more than $2.5 million in grants, scholarships and awards to schools and students across the country in an effort to close the widening skills gap in a number of skilled labor and trade industries. In conjunction with mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Rowe runs the website Profoundly Disconnected to further heighten awareness about the nation’s skills gap and foster discussions about what can be done to help place workers in a variety of skilled labor positions.
Founded in 1995, DeltaTech strives to provide its students the highest quality hands-on, workforce training available. DeltaTech operates seven campuses throughout the Midwest and offers small class sizes, updated classrooms and labs and knowledgeable faculty with years of industry experience. DeltaTech graduates are poised to secure entry-level employment in their career field, and are provided the necessary tools to be successful as employees and members of their community. DeltaTech maintains campuses in Springfield, IL; East Peoria, IL; Moline, IL; Springfield, MO; and Brownsburg, IN. DeltaTech’s sister school, Delta Technical Institute, operates campuses in Horn Lake and Ridgeland, MS. DeltaTech program offerings include Journeyman Welder; Journeyman Welder II (Pipefitting); HVAC-R/MAR; Industrial, Commercial and Residential Electrician; Medical Assisting; Dental Assisting; Pharmacy Technician; Massage Therapy; and Cosmetology. Program availability varies by campus. For more information on programs in your area, contact a member of DeltaTech’s recruitment team.