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For Immediate Release
August 20, 2019

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PA Chamber: Thousands of Dollars in Scholarship Funds Awarded to Pennsylvania Students Pursuing Careers in the Skilled Trades

The Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation is proud to announce that 24 Commonwealth students have been awarded a total of $75,000 in mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarships. The selected students are attending technical schools located within the Commonwealth to pursue careers in the skilled trades.  As part of its ongoing commitment to address the Commonwealth’s job skills gap, the PA Chamber Educational Foundation has teamed up with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation for the past three years. 


“Pennsylvania’s diverse employment needs across a wide range of industries provide ample job opportunities,” said PA Chamber President Gene Barr.  “However, we continue to have people without jobs and job opportunities without the people with the skills to fill them.  Despite the good paying, in-demand careers that the skilled trades provide, they still tend to get overlooked by graduating students and their families.  Through his foundation, Mike Rowe is working to change the negative perception about skilled trades jobs – which are vitally important to the economy and must be filled in order to close the skills gap. We are proud to be continuing our efforts with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation toward this very worthy shared goal.”  


Since 2016, the PA Chamber Educational Foundation – with the support of the Commonwealth’s business community – has helped contribute nearly $195,000 towards the Work Ethic Scholarship Program, and approximately 94 Pennsylvania students have been awarded Work Ethic Scholarships to attend technical schools in the Commonwealth.  Several of this year’s scholarship recipients will be profiled in an upcoming issue of the PA Chamber’s quarterly magazine, Catalyst. 


The PA Chamber is currently raising funds to continue to support its Start the Conversation HERE initiative.  More information on the PA Chamber’s far-reaching workforce initiative is available online.


The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Educational Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization created to fund timely and insightful research and educational programs that will positively impact Pennsylvania's economic future and enhance the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.