New Butler Tech Foundation Scholarship Set Up to Transform Students’ Lives

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The costs of attending school and furthering one’s education can add up. For families who are struggling financially, Butler Tech is looking for new ways to eliminate cost as a barrier to opportunity.

Community members can now help transform students’ lives by donating to a scholarship fund set up by the Butler Tech Foundation. About 30 percent of Butler Tech’s high school population participates in the Free and Reduced Lunch program. For these families, every dollar counts.

“Attending a Butler Tech program can provide the hands-on training to launch a career, or help a student earn the free college credit and scholarships needed to turn the dream of a college degree into a reality,” said Jon Graft, Superintendent and CEO of Butler Tech. “These are students who are doing the right thing, but just need a little extra help to get their journey toward a career started.”

There is no cost to enroll in Butler Tech’s high school programs; however, some programs do require the purchase of uniforms and equipment used in class. Donations of $10 or more on 10/10 (October 10th) will go toward scholarships to help offset the costs of Tools for Schools. Examples include:

  • Cutlery Kits for Culinary Arts – cost $295.
  • Tools for Auto Technology – cost $450.
  • Safety Helmets and Tools for Welding – cost $250.

Donations to the Tools for Schools program will allow qualifying students to focus less on the financial hurdles of furthering their education and more on the importance of learning and achieving. That’s a priceless gift that gives back to the community. Studies have shown that when students complete career-readiness courses and graduate, their chances for successful careers is greatly increased. This is an essential step to having vital and thriving communities.

So pay education forward today and invest in knowledge and your community. Donate $10 or more on 10/10 to Butler Tech Foundation’s Tools for Schools program, and help students achieve educational success!

Butler Tech has been transforming students’ lives for more than 40 years. Our high school educational program helps students complete academic courses and receive career training in dozens of programs. We also offer adult students opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials in healthcare, public safety, business and industry, and commercial truck driving.

For more information about the Butler Tech Foundation or giving toward student scholarships, contact Laura Sage, Director of Workforce Services, at 513-645-8326 or