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A trillion dollars in student loans.
Record high unemployment.
Three million good jobs that no one seems to want.
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation started the Profoundly Disconnected® campaign to challenge the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success. The Skills Gap is here, and if we don’t close it, it’ll swallow us all. Which is a long way of saying, we could use your help…
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that rewards people with a passion to get trained for skilled jobs that actually exist. As CEO of the Foundation, Mike Rowe spends a significant amount of time speaking about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, highlighting the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people.

Through its scholarship programs, including the Work Ethic Scholarship Program, the Foundation provides financial assistance to qualified individuals with a desire to learn a skill that is in demand. The Foundation has been instrumental in granting more than $3 million in education for trade schools across the country.


Success Stories

BEN FERREIRAL – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
Straight out of high school Universal Technical Institute and graduated with a Diesel Technology Certificate. In January of 2017, armed with his skilled trade and a work truck, Ben launched Ferreira’s Mobile Repair.
DANIEL ZDROIK- mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
graduated with distinction from Mid-State at the end of May (debt free), and will be continuing his education at North Central Technical College in the fall. He does all this while working at a great place called Marten Machining.
EVAN JORDAN – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
graduated in 2015 with honors and earned recognition for his perfect attendance and membership in the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society. He now works full time as a Diesel Technician for Cummins Inc.
MICHAEL GAMEZ – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
Michael works for his grandfather, Pedro, at Rudy’s Custom Tops in Hollywood. He graduated from Universal Technical Institute in Rancho Cucamonga.
CHRISTIAN MILLER – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
just graduated from Universal Technical Institute in Norwood, MA with a 4.0 GPA! He’s now a gainfully employed Certified Automotive & Diesel Technician.
JACEN SCHLOTT – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
In October of 2015 Jacen graduated from Triangle Tech, Pittsburgh with an Associate’s Degree in Specialized Technology in Carpentry and Construction Technology.
DYLAN VOLZ – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
Shout out to Dylan Volz! Dylan is a 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship recipient who made the local paper.
SPENSER THEBEAU – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
He plans to graduate this spring with an Associate’s Degree in Plumbing and Heating.
JACOB NOHAIL – mrWF Work Ethic Scholarship
Jacob is attending SUNY College of Technology at Alfred State where he is studying Heavy Equipment Operation.

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