Grainger Selects Two Leeward Students for Scholarships

Scholarships In Support of Skilled Trades

Leeward Community College
Kathleen R Cabral, (808) 455-0524
Dir of Mktg, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Dec 19, 2014

Vincent Niotta and Ryan Abella with Grainger and Leeward representatives
Vincent Niotta and Ryan Abella with Grainger and Leeward representatives

Two of Leeward Community College’s Automotive Technology majors were selected for Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program. Vincent Niotta and Ryan Abella each received a $2,000 scholarship to assist with completion of their academic studies.

Grainger, a local distributor of products used to maintain, repair or operate facilities, offers the scholarship for tuition and books to 250 outstanding students each year who are earning associate’s degrees or certificates in skilled trade and public safety programs at 125 community colleges across the country.  Niotta and Abella are the only students in the state to be selected.

Grainger is proud to partner with community colleges and help students get the education and resources they need to successfully join the workforce. Students also receive a customized Westward® toolkit upon graduation to jump start their career. According to Leeward Chancellor Manny Cabral, “We are especially grateful to Grainger for their strong commitment to our career and technical programs. These scholarship awards meet a critical need for our students as the price of books and tools continue to increase. It’s an honor to have the our automotive students represent the state of Hawai‘i.”


About Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship Program

To promote the innovation and importance of careers in public safety and the industrial skilled trades, Grainger, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), launched the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program in 2006 to help students realize their educational and career goals. The scholarship is offered to 125 community colleges.  Since its inception, Grainger has awarded nearly 800 scholarships, half of those earmarked for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.  Click here to learn more about Grainger’s Tool for Tomorrow Program.