“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe offers $15,000 scholarships to students who sign the 12-part SWEAT pledge

| Published on October 21, 2013

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Mike Rowe, creator and host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” is giving students the chance to earn money for trade-related studies.

Rowe, who has promoted skilled trades through programs like I Make AmericaGo Build Alabama, Go Build Georgia and his own mikeroweWORKS, is offering high school seniors the opportunity to receive $15,000 to use toward skills industry training at a trade or technical school in the U.S., according to a report from our sister site, Equipment World.

In addition to the programs he supports, Mike Rowe also participated in Caterpillar’s Say Thanks campaign last summer and sent a letter to 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney in September 2012 about the shortage of skilled labor in the U.S.

Earlier this month, Rowe appeared on TheBlaze TV’s”Wilkow!” to discuss his scholarship program, the mikeroweWORKS Scholarship Fund, where he said the rewards for taking on skilled jobs “have never been better.”

However, Rowe said during his interview on TheBlaze, “Most jobs that don’t comport with a classical education are looked at as kind of vocational consolation prizes.”

“It’s crazy to suggest that one size fits all. That’s the problem,” Rowe continued. “It’s education, but it’s not the kind of education that your guidance counselor typically points to and says, ‘Do this.’”

The mikeroweWORKS scholarship aims to shed light on opportunities in the skills industries by giving high school seniors the opportunity to receive training in those trades.

But first, they have to sign the Skills and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo (SWEAT) pledge, which Rowe said is “a combination of a 12-step program and the Boy Scout Law.”

The 12 parts of the SWEAT pledge are:

  1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.

  2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.

  3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.

  4. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.

  5. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford.

  6. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger.

  7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is.

  8. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy.

  9. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.

  10. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do.

  11. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others.

  12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.

(Learn more about the SWEAT pledge at profoundlydisconnected.com.)

In addition to signing the SWEAT pledge, scholarship applicants must also make a video explaining why they deserve the scholarship and write a 500-word essay.

For more details about the mikeroweWORKS Scholarship Fund, visit mikeroweworks.com.

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