Grainger selects Harper for scholarship program
Harper College and industrial products supplier Grainger share a common goal: Both are committed to addressing the shortage of skilled workers while supporting the increasing technical demands of today’s industrial workplace.
Grainger recently recognized Harper’s efforts by selecting the College for the 2014 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship program, an initiative that aims to build the pipeline for a trained workforce. The College will receive two $2,000 scholarships, one to be designated for a U.S. military veteran.
The scholarship program awards financial assistance for tuition and books to outstanding students earning an associate degree or certificate in industrial-related fields such as advanced manufacturing, HVAC or in public safety.
“Jobs in the skilled trades are vital to the economic health of local communities,” said Jim Ryan, Grainger’s chairman, president and CEO said. “These jobs, and the people who do them, are the lifeblood of American industry.”
Since 2006, Grainger has awarded 650 scholarships and contributed more than $2 million supporting technical education through its partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges.
Students will soon be able to apply for the Grainger scholarships using AcademicWorks. Harper recently implemented the scholarship management software, which allows the College to efficiently match students with relevant scholarship opportunities, manage awards and recognize donors.
Last year, nearly 1,000 students received more than $935,000 in scholarships awarded through Harper College.
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