BTC Diesel and Heavy Equipment Student Wins Mike Rowe Scholarship

August 28, 2020

Congratulations to Nicholas Miller who is among the 2020 Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship. Of the 223 scholarships awarded in 2020, five of them went to students in Wisconsin and two of those went to Blackhawk Technical College Students. (Read about the other honoree, Casey Benett, here).

Nicholas Miller in his blue and black diesel program uniform

Nicholas (of Roscoe, Illinois) is a student in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program which he anticipates completing in the spring of 2021. Upon graduation, he is hoping to work on agricultural equipment – a pressing need here in Wisconsin and across the Midwest. According to diesel instructor Steve Jones, “It's an honor having Nicholas Miller within the diesel program courses. He strives to perform his best every day within the class or diesel lab and he has taken challenges head-on with confidence and determination. I have full confidence he will succeed in obtaining his future goals, no matter what they may be.”

The scholarship requires applicants to answer questions, write an essay, and record a video of themselves and has granted more than $5 million in education for trade schools across the country since its inception.

According to the Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation, “the Work Ethic Scholarship Program is about recognizing the people who understand the importance of personal responsibility, delayed gratification, a positive attitude, and, of course, work ethic.” The Foundation goes on to explain, “The hardworking men and women who keep the lights on, water running, and air flowing—the next generation of skilled workers who will work smart and hard. These are the folks we consider rock stars, and we want to reward them.”

As a recipient of the scholarship, Nicholas had to sign the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge which stands for “Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo.” The pledge has 12 principals included that outline the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. To learn more about the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge visit

This scholarship is a big help to Nicholas in meeting those goals. “Being a nontraditional student, the scholarship helps out financially,” he said. “It can be tough leaving a full-time job to go back to school and this scholarship helps make that possible.”

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