Dwyer Group Announces 2017 Women in the Trades Spring Scholarship Recipients
Women in the Trades program continues to advance education and career opportunities for women in the service trades across the country.
December 08, 2016 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest parent companies of trade service brands, has awarded three women the 2017 Women in the Trades Scholarship for the upcoming spring semester. Each recipient will receive 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. “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 support them in 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 2017 WITT spring recipients are:
- Molly Olesky, of Wilmington, NC
- Joie Cosby, of Missoula, MT
- Shanda Shipps, of Renton, WA
Molly and Shanda are working towards careers in electrical repair and Joie is working towards a career in carpentry.
“These women are pursuing a terrific career path for women. I think there is so much opportunity for women to succeed in the service industry,” said Dwyer-Owens. “With the growing need for additional skilled tradesmen, I know their achievements within the trade industry of their choice will benefit from the skills they learn with the support of the 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 or certification program 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 Dwyer Group®
Dwyer Group, based in Waco, Texas, is a holding company of 14 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), ProTect Painters®, Rainbow International®, Locatec®, and Window Genie®. 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® and Cumberland County Glass® brand names. 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.
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