Gerber Foundation Awards Career-Tech Scholarships
Ten students from the Newaygo County Career-Tech Center were recent recipients of scholarships from The Gerber Foundation.
Awardees included Brittany Gleason (Cosmetology), Zechariah Bradfield (Construction Trades), Tea VanRooyen (Culinary Arts), Shannon Corbett (Graphic Communications), Jacob Koos (Health Sciences), Kyle Gabriel (Auto Service), Calvin Boluyt and Brandon Baker (Heavy Equipment/Diesel), and Alex Fekken and Ryan Geeting (Welding)
The Career-Tech scholarship program began two years ago to help students in these programs obtain advanced education beyond high school or to complete advanced certifications or licensure. The aim of the program was to help pay for some of the extra expenses that these students encounter in their training programs that typical scholarship programs do not support.
The scholarships will help pay for up to half of the cost of tools, equipment, uniforms, materials, and licensure or certification exams that students need to complete their technical or trade post-secondary education. The funds will help fill a gap in funding for the unique needs these students have to gain certification or licensure to improve upon their job prospects.
Because the scholarships are based on individual costs for each program, scholarship amounts vary. Recipients this year are expected to receive between $150 and $2,660 each.
The Gerber Foundation is honored to be able to provide these scholarships to students from the Career-Tech Center programs.
Scholarship recipients are pictured below with Catherine A. Obits Gerber Foundation Program Manager