June 7, 2010: Three Columbus Technical College HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning) students on Monday were treated to a big financial helping hand, thanks to W.W. Grainger, Inc. The company, most often referred to as Grainger, is a wholesale industrial equipment supplier.
Front row from left: CTC Director of Institutional Advancement Gloria Dodds, scholarship winner Philip St. Pierre, scholarship winner Michael Hester, HVAC advisory board member Mike Smith. Second row from left: HVAC program manager Ron , CTC Foundation Chairman Murray Solomon, Grainger Branch Manager Brian Brock and HVAC instructor Caesar Davis. In the far back is scholarship winner Tommy Hutchins.
An all-new $7,500 Grainger scholarship will be managed through the Columbus Technical College Foundation. The scholarship provides three students $625 per quarter for four quarters. The funds are part of the Grainger Community Grant Program. The winners for the first round of scholarship checks are Tommy Hutchins, Philip St. Pierre and Michael Hester.
Brian Brock is the branch manager for the Columbus Grainger location. He called Monday’s scholarship presentation “just the beginning.”
“Mr. Grainger (The founder of the company’s son) started the Grainger Foundation in part because he has a real passion for technical education,” Brock said. “We want to make sure this community has plenty of people who are skilled workers. It was just a no-brainer for us to look at Columbus Technical College. We hope to be able to continue to provide scholarships like this for Columbus Tech.”
Brock says Grainger first started considering providing a scholarship for Columbus Technical College HVAC students about two years ago. After several conversations with members of the college’s HVAC advisory board and others, the scholarship became a reality. The three students are free to use their $625 toward any valid educational expense like tuition, books, equipment and/or tools.