Workforce Spotlight

PA Chamber Educational Foundation Announces 2020 Work Ethic Scholarship Winners

August 12, 2020

The Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation is proud to announce that 18 Commonwealth students have been awarded a total of $108,000 in mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarships. The selected students are attending technical schools located within the Commonwealth to pursue careers in the skilled trades.  As part of its ongoing commitment to address the Commonwealth’s job skills gap, the PA Chamber Educational Foundation has teamed up with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation for the past four years. 


“At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is having a real and devastating impact on employment, it’s critical that people are trained to fill the jobs that will be available as Pennsylvania’s economy recovers,” PA Chamber President Gene Barr. “Skilled trade positions are not only in-demand but also offer the people who enter into them an opportunity at a good-paying, family sustaining job, and we are proud to continue our efforts to help students who are pursuing this worthy career path.” 


Since 2016, the PA Chamber Educational Foundation – with the support of the Commonwealth’s business community – has helped contribute nearly $275,000 towards the Work Ethic Scholarship Program, and 112 Pennsylvania students have been awarded Work Ethic Scholarships to attend technical schools in the Commonwealth.  Several of this year’s scholarship recipients will be profiled in an upcoming issue of the PA Chamber’s quarterly magazine, Catalyst. 


The PA Chamber is currently raising funds to continue to support its Start the Conversation HERE initiative.  More information on the PA Chamber’s far-reaching workforce initiative is available online.