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Focus on Skilled Trades Education Brings Scholarship Opportunities to Ferris

Two students each will receive $2,000 per year through this scholarship. This award will provide recipients with funds to use for tuition, books, fees or other academic expenses.

“I believe in helping our local students succeed and in encouraging them to stay in Mid-Michigan. Technical career opportunities are growing in our area and we appreciate Ferris State’s endeavors in supporting education in these career fields,” said Jim Johnson, president and CEO of J.E. Johnson, Inc. “We at J.E. Johnson are fortunate to be in a position to support these students in achieving their educational goals.”

Criteria for applicants of the J.E. Johnson Annual Skilled Trades Scholarship includes being a part- or full-time student majoring in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration programs; Mechanical Design or the Welding Engineering programs and having a minimum 2.5 GPA. The recipient also must be a native of the Tri-City region, which encompasses the cities of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland.

“This scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for our students. We look forward to a long-term friendship with J.E. Johnson,” said Karen Lerew, advancement officer for Ferris’ College of Engineering Technology.

J.E. Johnson, Inc. provides design, fabrication, installation and service of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, piping and mechanical systems to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.

The reputation of Ferris’ College of Engineering Technology attracted Johnson’s attention. Housing programs such as HVACR, Welding Engineering and Mechanical Design programs, the College of Engineering Technology is one of the few mid-Michigan universities dedicating degrees to a number of skilled trades, Johnson said.

“This scholarship will provide funding for students interested in the broad spectrum of skilled trades. Often times, those interested in pursuing the skilled trades do not have the necessary funding to get formal training in this area, and we hope this scholarship will help offset some of these costs and give more opportunities to students,” he added. “J.E. Johnson, Inc. hopes to benefit in the future with a more talented local pool of prospective employees.”

For more information or to make a gift to the J.E. Johnson Annual Skilled Trades Scholarship, please contact the Ferris Foundation at (231) 591-2365 or Details about establishing scholarships or endowments may be obtained from the Advancement Office at (231) 591-3825.