Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe offers scholarships to aspiring trade workers

Ever dreamed of escaping the desk job life and jumping into a more hands-on, labor-intensive career? Mike Rowe, the former host of the eight-season-long Dirty Jobs and outspoken advocate for skilled laborers, can help. For the past 11 years, he's been offering scholarships to wannabe tradespeople to formally learn the ropes of blue-collar work. Training for jobs in such trades as plumbing, automotive technology, construction, and lots more are covered.

Slackers need not apply:

We're looking for the next generation of aspiring workers who will work smart and hard. This program doesn't focus on test scores, grades, or grammar. It's about the people who share our values and understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude.

Applicants must first enroll in a trade program and sign his S.W.E.A.T. Pledge ("Skills and Work Ethic Aren't Taboo"):

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Applications for Rowe's 2019 Work Ethic Scholarship Program opened January 28 and will close on March 28, 2019.