Grainger Awards Automotive Students

Two students selected

(l-r) Kevin O’Neill, Kelvin Tso, and Jeremy Heen, Grainger Branch Network Manager

On Thursday, December 6, two of Leeward Community College’s automotive technology majors were selected for Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program. Kevin O’Neill and Kelvin Tso each received a $2,000 scholarship and a full toolkit. This is the sixth consecutive year that two of our students have earned this distinction.

O’Neill, a Navy veteran, will earn his AAS in Automotive Technology from Leeward this semester. He plans to move to North Carolina and pursue a career at an auto dealership. Kevin shared, “I feel so blessed to get the Grainger Scholarship; it will help me to get a jump start on my career.” He added, “Leeward is awesome, great teachers and classmates. A very close-knit group.”

A graduate from McKinley School for Adults, Tso plans to work as a technician when he graduates this semester with his AAS degree. “The Grainger Scholarship pays for tuition, books and specialty tools,” said Kelvin, “It’s a great benefit and will help with my future.” A resident of West O‘ahu, Tso appreciates Leeward, adding, “It’s close to home and the teachers are the best.”

About the Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program: Each year, Grainger works with the American Association of Community Colleges to offer scholarships of $2,000 each at participating community colleges in the U.S. The scholarships offer financial assistance for tuition and books to students working toward an associate's degree or certificate in skilled trade, supply chain management and public safety programs. In addition to the scholarship, Grainger provides tools to students after they graduate to help them launch a successful career. Since 2006, Grainger has donated more than $4 million to support technical education. Half of the scholarships offered are earmarked for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.