Kirkwood Students Awarded Scholarships from Grainger

From left to right: Joshua Bowman, Greg Sindt and Sean Bohannon

Tools for Tomorrow scholarships support skilled trades and public safety

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (November 21, 2016)-Kirkwood Industrial Technologies students Sean Bohannon and Joshua Bowman were each awarded a $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship by Grainger, a local distributor of facilities maintenance supplies.

Grainger partners with community colleges to help students get the education and resources needed to successfully join the industrial trade workforce. The scholarship program offers financial assistance for tuition and books to outstanding students earning an associate’s degree or certificate in skilled trades or public safety fields at 125 community colleges nationwide. Students also receive a customized Westward toolkit to jump-start their career upon graduation.

“Grainger is investing in the future of our customers through the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program,” said Grainger Cedar Rapids Operations Manager Greg Sindt. “This year Grainger celebrates the 10th anniversary the scholarship program. We are proud to partner with Kirkwood Community College and believe business and community college partnerships are one solution to building a strong workforce.”

The Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program was launched in 2006 by Grainger, in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges, to promote the innovation and importance of careers in the industrial skilled trades, and to help students in these fields realize their educational and career goals. Half of the scholarships are earmarked for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2014, Grainger expanded the program to include public safety programs.

Since 2006, Grainger has awarded approximately $3 million for more than 900 scholarships. Visit to learn more.

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