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Kirkwood Students Awarded Grainger Scholarships

By November 13, 2018 November 27th, 2018 No Comments
Grainger Scholarship Winners

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (November 13, 2018)-Two Kirkwood Community College students have been awarded scholarships by Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions. John Craven and Keith Wilks will each receive a $2,000 scholarship as part of Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow® program.

Each year, Grainger offers two scholarships of $2,000 each at participating community colleges in the U.S. The scholarships offer financial assistance for tuition and books to students working toward an associate’s degree or certificate in skilled trade, supply chain management and public safety programs. In addition to the scholarship, Grainger provides tools to students after they graduate to help them launch a successful career.

For 2018, Craven and Wilks are two of 250 scholarship recipients from 125 community colleges participating in Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow program.

“We are proud to have partners like Grainger,” said Kirkwood Dean of Industrial Technologies Dan Martin. “Grainger’s support and assistance for our students not only gives them drive to learn and graduate but also gives them a leg up as they start their careers.”

Since 2006, Grainger has donated more than $4.5 million to support technical education. Half of the scholarships offered are earmarked for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

“Grainger is passionate about creating positive change and building a strong workforce in the communities where we live and work,” said Gregory Sindt, Operations Manager of Grainger’s Cedar Rapids branch. “Through the Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program and our relationship with Kirkwood Community College, we are proud to do our part in helping qualified technical education and public safety students, like John and Keith, graduate and start successful careers.”

To learn more about the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program, visit