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QCC student receives tools of the trade and $2,000 Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship

February, 2018
  • From left: Lee Duerden, Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Technology; Edward Weatherbee from Grainger; QCC Student Jason Butler and QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja stand in front of Mr. Butler's new tools.
    From left: Lee Duerden, Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Technology; Edward Weatherbee from Grainger; QCC Student Jason Butler and QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja stand in front of Mr. Butler's new tools.
  • QCC Grainger Scholarship winner Jason Bulter (center) and Edward Weatherbee (Grainger) are surrounded by staff and faculty from QCC.
    QCC Grainger Scholarship winner Jason Bulter (center) and Edward Weatherbee (Grainger) are surrounded by staff and faculty from QCC.

QCC student Jason Butler was awarded a $2,000 scholarship through Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship during a ceremony held on Friday, February 23. The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarships program awards $2,000 for tuition and books to community college students in their final year of study. These scholarships are offered to college students who are in programs at one of the participating colleges in the U.S. Mr. Butler also received a Westward toolkit from Grainger that was customized to his areas of study and career goals.

Half of these scholarships, awarded nationally, go to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are earning an associate degree or certificate in an industrial trade at one of the participating community colleges. The program was established by Grainger in 2006.

Mr. Butler is a veteran who is currently enlisted in the National Guard. He recently received associate degrees and certificates from QCC in Manufacturing Technology, Automotive Technology and Business Administration. He is also currently working toward completing his associate degree in Engineering.

“I’ve obtained three degrees while I’ve been at QCC and five certificates,” he said. “I have five classes left to complete my engineering program and I’m hoping to finish by Summer II and then transfer to UMass Amherst. This scholarship will help make that happen.”