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Works Foundation Scholarship

Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation Scholarship


Ignite your path to success. Immerse yourself in the interactive, hands-on training careers of tomorrow.

“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe is offering scholarships through his charitable foundation to people willing to learn a trade. Since 2008, Mike Rowe’s charity has given away a modest pile of money through the Work Ethic Scholarship Program to help people get trained for skilled jobs that are in demand. They’ve proven that opportunities in the trades aren’t alternatives to viable careers – they are viable careers.

The Work Ethic Scholarship Program looks for the next generation of aspiring workers who will work smart and hard. It’s about the people who share hard-working values and understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. They look for people willing to go above and beyond to get the job done.

Auto mechanic student working on car
Electrician student working electrical wire box

Over the years the scholarship program has given away over $5 million. On the official page for the scholarship contest, it states that all applicants must sign Rowe’s “S.W.E.A.T. Pledge,” a 12-point treatise designed to hold its signer to Rowe’s own standards of what makes someone worthy of such a gift.

If you are someone who shows up early, stays late, and is a hard worker, day in and day out, you’re invited to apply. To learn more about this program, and for more requirements, click here http://www.mikeroweworks.org/scholarship/

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application including essay questions
  • What experience(s) have influenced your decision to pursue a career in manufacturing and a specific field of study you selected?
  • What type of work do you see yourself doing after you graduate and what motivates you to pursue this career?
  • Copy of your transcripts
  • Faculty recommendation
  • Be a high school senior, high school graduate, or have a GED equivalent.
  • Be enrolled or plan to enroll in an approved trade-related program at an accredited two-year college, vocational, or technical school, or other approved technical institute in the United States.


  • Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology
  • Plumbing Technician

At Pennco Tech, we make sure you’ll get there with personalized classroom instruction and hands-on training programs at our two conveniently located campuses.

If you’re looking for scholarship opportunities that can make your education even more affordable, we encourage students to apply to the Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship Program.

‘I got it!!!!!I got it!’, Anthony said as he raced into the Career Services Office. He was talking about his new job. Hired by a former graduate of Pennco Tech, Anthony will begin his new career with a two-day OSHA training course.

Anthony Z. - Air Conditioning/Heating Graduate

I enjoyed all my teachers. They made it interesting and challenging. I enjoyed going back to school at the age of 48! Career Services was a big help to me. Danielle was great. She helped me with my resume and showed me how to apply. I got the job with Dietz and Watson! Pennco Tech was the right choice for me as I get ready to start my career.

Mark E. - Electrician Graduate

I just wanted to say thank you again for all your help…I just got a full time job at Kennedy Healthcare in Stratford, NJ as a Patient Services Representative. Thank you again.

Maria Z. - Medical Assisting Administrative Graduate