LAKE LINDEN — On July 9, 138 folks uncovered from a Facebook post by celeb and previous “Dirty Jobs” host, Mike Rowe, that they had been chosen as winners of the mikeroweWORKS Basis scholarship application. Lake Linden-Hubbell graduate Kaci Destrampe was among the them.
“This 12 months, the mikeroweWORKS Basis is awarding $1,050,750.00 in get the job done ethic scholarships to 138 folks, in 13 unique trade systems,” the put up browse. “If your title is on the list, congratulations! You appear to possess the attributes we attempt to encourage – get the job done ethic, personal duty, delayed gratification, and a favourable mindset. You’ll soon acquire an official notification from mikeroweWORKS.”
The post ongoing: “If you utilized for a scholarship, and your name is not on the list, it is not essentially due to the fact you absence the attributes we strive to inspire — it’s mainly because hundreds of certified individuals applied this 12 months, and our methods are minimal. Make sure you accept our many thanks for applying, and really feel free of charge to test yet again next yr.”
Destrampe located herself among a quite find handful of winners this calendar year.
According to Mike Rowe’s breakdown and funding of recipients, Destrampe is a single of only 28 to get paid a scholarship for welding.
Provided picture Kaci Destrampe’s senior photo from Lake Linden-Hubbell Hih Faculty.
Retired Copper Country Intermediate College District superintendent George Stockero knowledgeable The Each day Mining Gazette that Destrampe is making use of the scholarship to show up at Innovative Welding, Inc., and operate in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
Destrampe was on tour at AWI when she listened to about the mikeroweWORKS Basis prospect.
“Laura from AWI told me about this scholarship chance when I went for the tour at their facility. I would genuinely like to thank her for sharing this info,” DeStrampe said in excess of an job interview by using email. “There are several scholarships online which are not normally legit, and I would have by no means viewed as it if it was not for Laura. Even though it was a nationwide scholarship, she definitely assumed it was one particular that ought to be utilized for. Her enthusiasm and encouragement served to inspire me to comprehensive it.”
For Destrampe, it however does not sense completely genuine.
“I have no thought why I was lucky enough to be selected as a receiver and even now simply cannot believe that it when I think about it. I can say I am eternally grateful even though.”
Destrampe’s options shifting forward consist of trade university, and following that, the doorway is open.
“My strategies are to attend AWI for their 6-month program and then, of program, hoping to obtain a work in welding that’ll allow me to use these techniques. I am open to the idea of transferring,” she mentioned. “I don’t have any unique enterprise at this time that I would like to get the job done for, I guess I’ll see what is available that I will qualify for the moment I’ve done this plan,” she explained.
Destrampe shared that her effective software was a total shock to her.
“First feelings have been ‘What are the possibilities?’,” she said.
She quickly realized that inspite of the possibilities, she was a winner.
“My moms and dads truly called me to inform me that I was ‘ON THE Listing.’ I knew the recipients ended up being notified that day but wasn’t guaranteed when. I was not really sure how I would be notified. My mom had checked the Facebook site for mikeroweWORKS and noticed a comment that the listing was posted on the webpage, then she went on their webpage and noticed that I was outlined as a receiver,” Destrampe said. “My mother and dad waited a small and then when Facebook started off possessing posts about it they named me to share the great news.
“The up coming working day I obtained an e mail confirming that I was a recipient. I am extremely pleased and appreciative. I simply cannot feel I am a recipient of 1 of these scholarships, that my software designed it as a result of the entire course of action and was selected.”
Destrampe described that it was a modern-day, and remarkably aggressive software method.
“There ended up 138 recipients out of 1,000s of candidates. A person part of the method was we experienced to do a video on YouTube and post it community. I had watched many of the other movies that applicants had submitted and understood they had been all extremely fantastic and that there have been a large amount of applicants. The software course of action consisted of answering several shorter solution inquiries, furnishing the URLs to my social media accounts (Fb, Instagram, and many others), signing the S.W.E.A.T. (Talent & Get the job done Ethic Aren’t Taboo) Pledge, developing a public video to submit on youtube answering the query of what I would incorporate as a 13th assertion to the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge and why, references from at least two supervisors, and uploading multiple further documents and supplemental varieties.
Destrampe remained very humble, possessing gained this kind of a prestigious award.
“I appreciatively take the scholarship and will be placing it in the direction of my tuition at Sophisticated Welding Institute (AWI) in Eagle River, Wisconsin,” she said. “I am forever grateful for this option that the mikeroweWORKS Foundation scholarship is letting me to have. I would also like to thank Mike Rowe, all the workers at mikeroweWORKS Foundation and all the sponsors for this incredibly generous prospect that can help people like myself develop into improved in a expert trade.”
She was not by yourself in the endeavor, and she described some of her greatest inspirations and supporters.
“I was impressed to choose welding courses after doing the “non-regular” professions working day that our community Career & Specialized Instruction (CTE) heart held,” Destrampe mentioned. “Mr. Stites, my welding teacher, has been a great mentor for the earlier two several years. He was generally offered to respond to any queries I had or enable me to problem remedy when I struggled with some thing in course. Some of my largest and most vital supporters are my moms and dads, my grandparents, my boyfriend, Wyatt, and his family.”
Destrampe provided some words of encouragement and knowledge, as well.
“Enroll in the local CTE courses. There you can master techniques that could be useful in foreseeable future everyday daily life, even if it is not a trade you go into after school. Also, apply for scholarships, primarily this just one,” she stated. “There are many measures to the application, but it genuinely is worthy of giving it a possibility.”
Destrampe’s recent route is not a single she to begin with anticipated to consider, but the MRWF scholarship, as very well as continued encounters, has modified that.
“Continuing my schooling after large school was not what I imagined was my system. To begin with I imagined I would just be entering the workforce immediately after superior university. The much more I realized about welding and all the opportunities in a vocation of welding, strengthening my talent turned a lot more of the route I desired to take,” she explained. “After touring AWI with my mom and dad, I knew this was the put I wanted to go to. It was a whirlwind senior yr in large faculty and to occur out graduating and with options of attending a school these kinds of as AWI is not a put I at any time expected to be.”