This year’s winners were determined by a public voting campaign via
the Midwest Technical Institute website. Winners from the
Springfield area entries include Kyle Johner of Hartsburg High
School. From the East Peoria entries, Matthew Chapman of Olympia
High School is among the winners.
Winners of this year’s scholarship program will receive a 100
percent tuition-paid scholarship for any of MTI’s courses and
programs, including those in welding, HVAC, medical assisting,
dental assisting, medical coding, CDL and others.
Founded in 2013 as a collaboration between MTI and Mike Rowe - best
known as the host of the reality show ‘Dirty Jobs’ and CNN’s
‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’ - the program is committed to assisting
today’s high school students in receiving the hands-on, workforce
training necessary to help close the nationwide skills gap in a
number of skilled-labor industries.
To be eligible for the program, students submitted a short essay and
video detailing why they deserved to win one of this year’s
scholarships. Submitted videos were then subject to a period of
public voting via MTI’s website where the videos with the most votes
were selected as winners.
MTI’s Director of High School Development Eric Gleason believes the
scholarship program offers winners more than just a free,
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“The Mike Rowe scholarship gives winners a sense of accomplishment
and pride, not to mention the recognition,” Gleason said. “The
effort these students put into this scholarship can give them the
confidence to accomplish great things in their career and life.”
A partnership between MTI and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, the program awards
seven students at each of MTI’s five campus locations annually with a
tuition-free scholarship. The program also works to promote the value of
hands-on, vocational training for a number of in-demand mechanical trade, allied
health and transportation industries.
For more information on MTI or the scholarship program, contact MTI Director of
Marketing Stacey Wierman at 217.527.8324 ext. 1178, or via email at
[Stacey Wierman, Midwest Technical
Midwest Technical Institute
Midwest Technical Institute offers hands-on training in a number of
mechanical trade and allied health career fields to help students
succeed as a member of today’s rapidly-changing workforce. MTI,
along with its sister school, Delta Technical College, operates
seven campuses across the Midwest and Mississippi Delta regions. For
more information, visit www.midwesttech.edu.