Mike Rowe’s Scholarship For Students Wanting To Go Into Trades School

The pressure for high school students to go to a liberal arts college and join the white-collar workforce is greater than ever before. It’s almost “expected” that every high school grad finds a University and joins some type of office or clerical work as an entry to their career life.

However, many people have noticed the great opportunity gap this leaves for those who want to work in the trades. Public figure, Mike Rowe, has decided to act on this with a brand-new incentive.

Mike Rowe Scholarship: Going to School for the Trades

Mike Rowe is giving away a scholarship through his charitable company for anyone wanting to enter the trades – a category of jobs that involve skillfully crafted manual work, such as plumbing, electrical work, or welding.

According to interviews, Mike Rowe is stating the company has an estimated $500,000 available in the form of scholarships for those accepted. If you or someone you know wants to take advantage of this offer, here are the requirements.

Eligibility & Applications

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, you (obviously) need to go to school for a degree in the trades. Applicants must be high school seniors, graduates, or in possession of a GED. You must either be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a vocational school.

Mike Rowe has written a document titled the “S.W.E.A.T. Pledge” which must be signed by all applicants. It outlines what he believes to be a job worthy of such a scholarship.

Applicants must submit an essay of why they believe they are worthy of receiving the scholarship, as well as a video that supports their plea.


In a world that has become increasingly narrow-minded regarding what a “real job” constitutes, Mike Rowe has continued to stir the pot for those deciding on a career path. The culture shift has left a large opportunity for those choosing to enter the trades, and Mike Rowe is encouraging more young people to consider a job in the trades through his new scholarship offer.

Those who are passionate about the trades and believe they are worthy of the scholarship should sign the “S.W.E.A.T. Pledge” and get to work on entering their application for the Mike Rowe scholarship. Who knows – you might be the next one in line to receive a piece of Rowe’s $500,000 scholarship reservoir.

3 thoughts on “Mike Rowe’s Scholarship For Students Wanting To Go Into Trades School

  1. If this is true, I work with a young fella that graduates HS this year. He and I have been talking about what his plans are. Interestingly enough he keeps bringing up trade school. Although, I am not sure what he is interested in. But I would love to be able to tell him there is help for him! He is a great kid and I love to send him information on how he can apply. If you could share that with me, I’d be grateful.

    Thanks so much,

    Terrie Charlebois

  2. My son applied for Mike Rowe scholarship, he is going to Ferris State University in the fall to study HVAC, when will we know if he received a scholarship??

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