Fall 2016 Women in the Trades scholarships announced
The Dwyer Group announced three recipients of the fall 2016 Women in the Trades Scholarship. Each recipient was selected for demonstrating outstanding work ethics and passion for their chosen service trade and will receive a $1,500 scholarship to continue the education and training required for their career paths.
“I am blown away every year by the amazing women who receive the Women in the Trades scholarship,” said Dina Dwyer-Owens, co-chair of Dwyer Group. “This cause is very close to my heart and I am inspired by the women pursuing career options in the service industry. These women continue to defy the odds in the workplace, and to see them succeed with the help of Dwyer Group is very rewarding.”
The fall 2016 WITT recipients are:
• Amy Batkins of Waynesboro, Va.;
• Tara Holm of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; and
• Molly Olesky of Wilmington, N.C.
Holm and Olesky are pursuing careers in electrical repair, and were recipients of the WITT scholarship last year. Batkins is pursuing a career in emergency restoration.
Funded by Dwyer Group since 2012, the 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 for women working towards a career in the trades or to front-line female employees at franchise locations for any of Dwyer Group’s service brands.
“These women work hard every day in pursuit of the opportunities that the service industry provides,” Dwyer-Owens said. “These scholarships will allow them to get closer to their goals and I look forward to seeing all they will achieve in the future.”
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 ten specialties, including: HVAC, plumbing, electrical repair, glass repair and replacement, appliance repair, residential cleaning, restoration, painting, landscaping 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