Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students Austin Hill and Stephanie Morris, winners of the $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship, were recently presented with their customized Westwood® tool kits that were also part of the scholarship.


The toolkits were presented to Hill and Morris at GNTC’s Gordon County Campus by Steve Garrison, branch network manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s Chattanooga, Tenn. and Dalton, Ga. locations.


Through this scholarship program, Grainger offers qualified community college and technical college students financial scholarships in industrial and public safety programs. Nearly 800 students have earned scholarships since the program’s inception in 2006. In addition to financial support, Grainger provides each graduating scholarship recipient with a Westward® toolkit to help launch the student’s professional career.


Hill is a student in the Automotive Technology program on GNTC’s Walker County Campus and Morris is a student in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at the Aviation Training Center near the Floyd County Campus.


Morris is also the recipient of several additional scholarships including the “Pratt & Whitney Training Scholarship” and the “Taking it to the Sky with WAI” scholarship through the Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM). She also received a scholarship from the Georgia Business Aviation Association.


The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program has helped technical education students across the country realize their educational goals. The scholarship was created to address the national shortage of skilled workers in manufacturing, welding, and other industrial occupations.


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Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.