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Forest Park Students Win Grainger Scholarships

October 04, 2011

Ben Swallow and Zachary Poggemoeller, automotive technology students at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, each has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from Grainger Industrial Supply, a local distributor of facilities maintenance supplies supporting the St. Louis community.

Swallow and Poggemoeller are two of 200 students in the United States to be offered the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship this year. When they graduate in May, they also will receive a customized Westward toolkit from Grainger valued at more than $1,000.

“Today’s St. Louis Community College technical education students will become tomorrow’s industrial skilled tradesmen, dedicated to keeping the St. Louis community working and growing,” said Dan Onder, manager of Grainger’s branch in Fenton, Mo. “One of the best ways to invest in St. Louis is to contribute to the education of our future tradesmen and women.”

There is a growing gap between industry’s workforce needs and the skills of job seekers. Grainger, in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges, launched the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship program in 2006. The program is designed to help students in the industrial skilled trades curriculum who have demonstrated drive, commitment and leadership realize their educational and career goals.

The program awards outstanding students at 100 selected AACC-member colleges across the country with a $2,000 scholarship and, upon completion of the student’s technical education program, the customized Westward toolkit. Forest Park students have received Grainger scholarships annually since 2008.

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding operations in Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/technicaleducation.

Grainger Scholarship presentation web

Ben Swallow and Zachary Poggemoeller, students at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, each received a $2,000 scholarship from Grainger, a local distributor of facilities maintenance supplies. From left, Donna Harmon, representing the St. Louis Community College Foundation; Rob Phillips, government account manager at Grainger; Rodney Reeves, branch manager for Grainger; Swallow and Poggemoeller; Dan Onder, manager of Grainger’s Fenton, Mo. branch; Brenda Russell, dean of business, math and technology at STLCC-Forest Park; and Mitchell Walker, department chair, automotive and diesel technology.