Sandra Hilbert first heard about the mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarship through Mike Rowe’s Facebook page.
She applied for the scholarship because, as she puts it, “as a creative person, I surely appreciate the time and dedication that artisans commit to their life’s work. However, though I love creating with my hands, my present carpentry skills are those of an amateur.”
A student at Penn Foster Career School studying Joinery/Cabinet Making, Sandra chose her area of study because being able to provide a piece of work that is both well made and pleasing to the eye is very fulfilling for her. “What most excites me about it is knowing that a handmade item can be passed onto future generations as a sentimental as well as durable piece. That is nothing short of thrilling to me.”
Upon graduation she hopes to discover as much about cabinet making as she can and then share her knowledge with her sons. “Earning a living by doing something I love, and passing that ability onto my children would be like a dream come true,” she says.
Sandra signed the mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarship S.W.E.A.T. pledge (Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo) as part of the application. She says the Pledge resonates with her because she believes the Scholarship offers valuable support and should only be awarded to those individuals who constantly strive to achieve their best while they also continually endeavor to advance their lives.