W.W. Grainger Inc., Lake Forest, Ill., recently awarded three remaining 2006 scholarships to technical education students in Illinois, Ohio and Maryland, completing the first year of the company's Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program. The program provides funding for students at select community colleges to finish their second year in a technical career program.

“As we conclude our inaugural year of the Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program, we are proud to support these exceptional students as they progress in their education,” said James T. Ryan, president, Grainger. “The students of today represent the future of the technical professions.”

Earlier this year, Grainger and the American Association of Community Colleges partnered to launch Grainger's Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program, designed to help students in technical education who have demonstrated drive, commitment and leadership realize their educational goals. The pilot program awarded outstanding students at seven institutions across the country with a scholarship for their second year of college and a specialized tool package upon successful completion of the program.

The final 2006 scholarships were awarded to Fernando Gomez of Waukegan, Ill., in automotive technology; Brandon Bogle of Milford, Ohio, in electrical engineering; and Troy Hastings of Baltimore in construction management.

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