Mike Rowe Announces Massive Amount Being Awarded to Individuals in Trade Programs Through His Charity

by Samantha Whidden

Dirty Jobs star Mike Rowe announced on Instagram a massive amount of money is being awarded to individuals who are in trade programs. The funds will be through his charity, mikeroweWORKSfoundation

“This year, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation is awarding $1,050,750.00 in work ethic scholarships to 138 individuals, in thirteen different trade programs,” Mike Rowe announces in the post. The list that’s featured in the post includes the names of the 2021 recipients.

Mike then says each recipient possesses the attributes his organization strives to encourage. The attributes are work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude.

Mike Rowe then goes on to add for those who applied for a scholarship and don’t see their name, it’s not necessarily because they lacked the attributes. But due to thousands of qualified people applying this year.

“Many of you have supported my foundation over the years with generous donations,” Mike Rowe goes on to add. “And I’m personally grateful for your continued support. I am likewise indebted to our corporate sponsors.”

Sponsors of the mikeroweWORKSfoundation include Charles Koch Foundation, Engelstad Foundation, The Ray H. Marr Foundation, and Bruce Jacobs Fund at Donor Capital Fund

Mike Rowe Offers His Ultimate Career Advice 

During a 2020 interview with CNBC, Mike Rowe shares his ultimate career advice. He states that too many people spend too much time and money pursuing their passions, instead of seizing opportunities. “If there was a recurring lesson on Dirty Jobs it was to understand how many people we featured that show that looked like they were doing something that should have made them miserable. But [they] were in fact very, very happy in their work,” Rowe explains. 

Mike Rowe also observes that many people plan their lives around finding job satisfaction and often the plan includes spending large amounts of money in order to get through a four-year college program to the degree that will allow them to get to the next step in their career ambitions.

“And now they have to go out into the world to try and get hired into their chosen field,” Rowe explains. “And it doesn’t always work out.”

Mike then says that’s why the U.S. now has more than $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. Rowe then goes on to say that finding opportunity in the job market is key. He also reveals that many people on Dirty Jobs are multimillionaires that achieve success by fulfilling a market gap. Instead of doing what they were personally interested in. 

Mike Rowe’s hit series Dirty Jobs ran for 9 seasons and has 173 episodes. The show receives nominations for a total of five Primetime Emmys, with three for Outstanding Reality Program.