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Four skilled-trade students who apply by June 30 will be selected for $2,500 each toward their 2022 semesters.

COURTESY IMAGE: METAL SUPERMARKETS - Metal Supermarkets is supporting the shortage of skilled labor workers by supplying $10,000 in scholarships for four students this year.Metal Supermarkets recently launched four $2,500 scholarships for people interested in attending a post-secondary trade school in 2022, the metal supplier announced in April.

The financial support is intended to help students continue their educations and help assuage the nationwide shortage of skilled trade workers.

The scholarships can go directly toward the institution of the selected students' choices in the U.S. or Canada. To qualify, students must be accepted to, enrolled in and currently attending a post-secondary trade school program with a semester beginning in 2022.

Metal Supermarkets is one of the world's largest suppliers of small-quantity metals and has more than 110 brick-and-mortar locations across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

Dwayne Swenson, the owner of Portland Metal Supermarkets, said he supports the scholarships because he is committed to helping individuals pursue a career in the trades.

"This Trade School Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for students who are looking to pursue a pandemic-resistant, stable career that is also financially lucrative," Swenson said. "Metal Supermarkets is committed to supporting skilled trade workers, and we hope that this scholarship makes a positive difference and shines a light on the current need for skilled workers nationwide."

The president and CEO of Metal Supermarkets is Stephen Schober.

"We are honored to make such a positive commitment and help individuals who are pursuing a career in valuable trade industries," Schober said. "We've seen an increased need for skilled workers over the last several years, and while not always promoted, trade school is a great alternative to the 'traditional' college route, providing an incredibly stable and often lucrative career path. This was made even more apparent during the pandemic, where trade careers were far less impacted than other industries. Despite this, the skilled trades are still facing a labor shortage that we hope to help highlight and make a small contribution to solving."

Applications for the scholarship can be submitted through Thursday, June 30, online at metalsupermarkets.com/trade-school-scholarship.


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