Two PIA Students Receive Mike Rowe 2020 Work Ethic ScholarshipKarin McKenna
First semester PIA students Braden Brunson and Shane Miley are two of the nationwide recipients of the 2020 Work Ethic Scholarship. The scholarship through Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation honors and provides financial support to students enrolled in trade schools that clearly demonstrate a commitment to personal responsibility, a positive attitude, and a strong work ethic.
Consideration for the scholarship includes submission of a video essay and commitment to Rowe’s “Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo (S.W.E.A.T.) Pledge”, a 12-point mission statement that emphasizes the attitude those that are awarded the scholarship should hold. Brunson, hailing from Beaver Falls, PA, has already begun applying his S.W.E.A.T. Pledge outside of the classroom with his work as a line maintenance technician at the Beaver County Airport. Miley, of Ijamsville, MD, recalls watching Mike Rowe’s “Dirty Jobs” as he grew up, and considered it a major influence in his own career choices.
President and CEO of PIA Suzanne Markle recognized the importance of carrying a ‘can-do’ work ethic throughout one’s education and their career and praised Mike Rowe for his efforts in supporting the trades. “Our graduates are the next generation of mechanics and technicians who will keep the aerospace industry moving forward throughout the 21st Century. It is my sincere hope that Mike Rowe’s efforts to bring additional visibility to these kinds of crucial but often ‘invisible’ jobs will help get even more hands-on learners interested in pursuing this vital career field.