Grainger Awards Scholarship to Alexander Hester of Ninety Six

Grainger Awards Scholarship to PTC Criminal Justice Student

December 5, 2018

Grainger, the leading broadline supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, recently presented Alexander Hester of Ninety Six, a criminal justice student at Piedmont Technical College (PTC), with a $2,000 scholarship as part of Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow® program.

Each year, Grainger offers scholarships of $2,000 each at participating community colleges in the United States. The scholarships offer financial assistance for tuition and books to students working toward an associate degree or certificate in skilled trade, supply chain management and public safety programs. In addition to the scholarship, Grainger provides a complete set of tools to students after they graduate to help them launch a successful career.

For 2018, Hester is one of 116 scholarship recipients from 68 community colleges participating in Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow program.

“College scholarships are more important than ever before,” said PTC President Dr. Ray Brooks. “They allow most of our students to graduate debt-free, which is a huge advantage as they embark on their professional lives. The generosity of companies like Grainger helps make a college education affordable for our students, and we are extremely grateful.”

Since 2006, Grainger has donated more than $4.5 million to support technical education. Half of the scholarships offered are earmarked for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

“Grainger is passionate about creating positive change and building a strong workforce in the communities where we live and work,” said Ramona Brown, operations manager of Grainger’s Greenville branch. “Through the Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program and our relationship with Piedmont Technical College, we are proud to do our part in helping qualified technical education and public safety students like Alexander graduate and start successful careers.”

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Alexander Hester, left, receives Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship award from Grainger Operations Manager Ramona Brown.