Dwyer Group Announces Fall 2015 Women in the Trades Scholarship Recipients

Women in the Trades program continues to advance education and career opportunities for women in the service trades across the country.

October 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – Dwyer Group, a holding company of eleven service-based franchise brands, has awarded four women the fall 2015 Women in the Trades Scholarship, giving each a $1,500 scholarship for demonstrating outstanding work experience and passion for their chosen service trades industry.

“Our Women in the Trades scholarship recipients are an inspiration to us all,” said Dina Dwyer-Owens, Co-chair of Dwyer Group. “We are proud of their dedication to succeed and grow in their chosen service industry job. This scholarship offers them the opportunity to break their professional boundaries and pursue life-long goals across the service trades, and we are excited to be part of that journey.”

Funded by Dwyer Group since 2012, the Women in the Trades (WITT) initiative is one of the most recognizable efforts to educate and promote the hiring of women for traditionally male-dominated roles in the trades industry. The scholarships are available to women working towards a career in the trades, to students studying for a career in the trades, or to front-line female employees at franchise locations for any of Dwyer Group’s service brands.

The fall 2015 WITT recipients are:

  • Allison Painchaud, of Vernon, Canada.
  • Lynn Carter, of Westport, MA.
  • Molly Olesky, of Wilmington, NC.
  • Tara Holm, of Chippewa Falls, WI.

All of the recipients are working towards a career in electrical repair.

“These women set a fantastic example. I think there is so much opportunity for women to succeed in the service industry. More women need to consider this as a serious career path,” said Dwyer-Owens. “With the rapid advancement of technology, I look forward to watching their great achievements in near future with the support of WITT scholarships.”

The WITT scholarship is open to women 18 and older interested in pursuing a career in the trades and covers tuition, books, travel and/or fees. Funds can be applied to any accredited trade or technical school in the United States or Canada for any of seven specialties, including: HVAC, plumbing, electrical repair, glass repair and replacement, appliance repair, restoration, painting, landscaping, residential cleaning or handyman services.

Candidates will be evaluated based upon financial needs, previous work experience and their passion for their chosen industry. For more information and to apply visit: http://www.dwyergroup.com/women-in-trades.asp or email WITT@dwyergroup.com.

About The Dwyer Group, Inc.®

Dwyer Group, Inc., based in Waco, Texas, is a holding company of 11 franchise businesses, each selling and supporting a different franchise under the following service marks: Aire Serv®, Glass Doctor®, The Grounds Guys®, Five Star Painting®, Molly Maid®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Handyman®, Mr. Rooter® (Drain Doctor® in the UK and Portugal), ProTect Painters®, and Rainbow International®. Collectively, these independent franchise concepts offer customers worldwide a broad base of residential and commercial services. In addition, Dwyer Group® operates glass shops in New England under the Portland Glass® brand name. Dwyer Group is a portfolio company of The Riverside Company®, a global private equity firm. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 75 companies. More information on Dwyer Group, or its franchise concepts, is available at www.dwyergroup.com.

Dwyer Group is also on Twitter at @DwyerGroup.

SOURCE The Dwyer Group, Inc.®


Monica Feid
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