Tribune-Courier General Manager
With the simple click of a mouse you could help a Marshall County High School senior win a scholarship to pay the cost of tuition at the Tulsa School of Welding in Jacksonville, Fla.
Tyler Devine, 18, is one of 45 entries in a nationwide contest to win a $15,000 scholarship to the school through the Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation. The student with the most Facebook votes on their video page will receive the award.
Devine learned of the opportunity through recruiters for the Jacksonville technical school who visited Marshall County High School Technical Center. He was encouraged to apply by MCHS welding instructor Steve Freeman.
Devine said he became interested in welding as a freshman and has worked to develop and improve his skills each year, finally deciding on the trade as a career. He chose the Tulsa School of Welding because he said he can complete his degree in seven months, without taking core course classes. He said he hopes to put his degree to work as a welder in the construction field.
Freeman said Devine is a worthy recipient of the scholarship.
“There’s not a more deserving student, academically and technically,” said Freeman. He is hard working and always willing to try something new.”
Devine first had to submit a paper to the Mike Rowe Works Foundation describing his interest in the field of welding. He was then chosen as one of the 47 finalists. Devine and Freeman shot the entry video in the welding shop at the high school.
You can vote for Devine once each 24 hours by going to the Mike Rowe WORKS Facebook page at facebook.com/TulsaWeldingSchoolJacksonvilleCampus?v=app_486254294756872&rest=1. Voting closes on April 29.
The Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation awards individual scholarships to applicants who want to pursue a career in the skilled trades.
At press time Devine was in the lead by about 130 votes.