Apprentices often make sacrifices in order to invest in their futures. They earn modest wages with limited options for financial aid during their on-the-job training and classroom instruction—which can last up to five years. And costs for specialized equipment, tools and clothing can present serious financial challenges to even the most motivated apprentices. Simply put, the price of steel-toe boots can stand in the way of program completion—and the promise of a rewarding career.

WISCONSIN APPRENTICE SCHOLARSHIPS

We created the Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarship to help apprentices with financial need meet their costs so they can complete their training and advance to good jobs.

Great Lakes partnered with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) in 2013 to begin a scholarship program for apprentices in the construction and industrial trades. The first $1,000 scholarships were awarded to 20 apprentices at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Since then, we expanded the program to support apprentices attending each of the 16 WTCS colleges and increased the scholarship amount to $1,500. We have committed $300,000 in scholarships to 200 apprentices for the 2018-19 academic year.

Nearly $900,000 in scholarships has been awarded to apprentices in Wisconsin over the past five years. These scholarships are having the desired impact, with 94% of past recipients either completing their apprenticeships or continuing their training the following semester.

2017-2018 RECIPIENTS
  • Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville, WI (15 recipients)
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI (11 recipients)
  • Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI (20 recipients)
  • Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, WI (4 recipients)
  • Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, WI (15 recipients)
  • Madison College, Madison, WI (44 recipients)
  • Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids, WI (8 recipients)
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI (20 recipients)
  • Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac, WI (14 recipients)
  • Nicolet Area Technical College, Rhinelander, WI (3 recipients)
  • Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, WI (9 recipients)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI (13 recipients)
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore, WI (1 recipient)
  • Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, WI (10 recipients)
  • Western Technical College, La Crosse, WI (9 recipients)
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Shell Lake, WI (4 recipients)
2016-2017 RECIPIENTS
  • Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville, WI (16 recipients)
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI (14 recipients)
  • Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI (15 recipients)
  • Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, WI (3 recipients)
  • Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, WI (11 recipients)
  • Madison College, Madison, WI (37 recipients)
  • Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids, WI (7 recipients)
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI (19 recipients)
  • Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac, WI (15 recipients)
  • Nicolet Area Technical College, Rhinelander, WI (2 recipients)
  • Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, WI (6 recipients)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI (23 recipients)
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore, WI (2 recipients)
  • Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, WI (15 recipients)
  • Western Technical College, La Crosse, WI (14 recipients)
2015-2016 RECIPIENTS
  • Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville, WI (10 recipients)
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI (13 recipients)
  • Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI (15 recipients)
  • Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, WI (8 recipients)
  • Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, WI (16 recipients)
  • Madison College, Madison, WI (45 recipients)
  • Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids, WI (16 recipients)
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI (20 recipients)
  • Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac, WI (4 recipients)
  • Nicolet Area Technical College, Rhinelander, WI (1 recipient)
  • Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, WI (6 recipients)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI (18 recipients)
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore, WI (3 recipients)
  • Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, WI (12 recipients)
  • Western Technical College, La Crosse, WI (13 recipients)
2014-2015 RECIPIENTS
  • Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville, WI (5 recipients)
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI (7 recipients)
  • Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI (22 recipients)
  • Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, WI (2 recipients)
  • Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, WI (5 recipients)
  • Madison College, Madison, WI (50 recipients)
  • Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids, WI (9 recipients)
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI (20 recipients)
  • Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac, WI (5 recipients)
  • Nicolet Area Technical College, Rhinelander, WI (4 recipients)
  • Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, WI (6 recipients)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI (11 recipients)
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore, WI (2 recipients)
  • Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, WI (12 recipients)
  • Western Technical College, La Crosse, WI (15 recipients)
2013-2014 RECIPIENTS
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI (20 recipients)

Ohio Apprentice Scholarships

Great Lakes offered our successful apprentice scholarship program in Ohio so more apprentices had the opportunity to overcome financial obstacles to completion.

We partnered with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in 2017 to award $1,000 scholarships to 200 construction and manufacturing apprentices attending Ohio community colleges. We were pleased to learn that 93% of the scholarship recipients are continuing their apprenticeships or have already completed their programs. These promising results indicate a strong foundation for Ohio's hardworking apprentices.

2017 RECIPIENTS
  • Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH (55 recipients)
  • Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH (33 recipients)
  • North Central State College, Mansfield, OH (2 recipients)
  • Northwest State Community College, Archbold, OH (80 recipients)
  • Owens Community College, Perrysburg, OH (27 recipients)
  • Rhodes State College, Lima, OH (1 recipient)
  • Terra State Community College, Fremont, OH (2 recipients)

Questions

Contact Supervisor, Grant Programs Nikki Wachter at nwachter@ascendiumeducation.org.