March 19, 2012: Thanks to a well-known industrial supply company, four students enrolled in the HVAC (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning) program at Columbus Technical College have an extra $625 to help fund their education. The Grainger Foundation provides a total $7500 in scholarship funds for qualified students enrolled in the HVAC, Automotive, and/or Welding programs.
Christopher Thrower of Ellerslie is a husband and father of two who works to put himself through school — maintaining a 3.79 grade point average. In his application for the Grainger scholarship he wrote, “I have a strong personal belief in good customer relations and honestly look forward to providing good quality service every time I do a job. The Grainger scholarship is exactly what my family needs.”
Winner Tony Mills of Columbus discussed the importance of moving forward after facing obstacles. “In my past, I have made many mistakes. Like others, I have learned from my mistakes and I try hard to correct them. The biggest mistake I think I made was not realizing the importance of a good education – which was always waiting for me to take advantage of it. I eventually realized that I still have an opportunity to attain a good education and the potential to use it wisely.”
Aaron Ostrander of Fortson recalled how a sudden curveball can change one’s life; he is turning what could be a huge negative into a thriving positive. In 2010 he found himself unemployed. “I was faced with the realization that further education was my best option. This encouraged me to view unemployment as a chance for a change and a more secure future.”
Grainger provides these four $625 scholarships three times per year. Thanks to them for being such an amazing community partner!