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Tools of the Trade matching grant scholarship announced

Yates County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that applications are now available for their innovative matching grant scholarship titled “Tools of the Trade.”  The brainchild of Yates County Farm Bureau Board members Triana Burgos-Farnan and John Kriese, this brand-new scholarship will be used to encourage and support young adults between the ages of 17 and 35 in Yates County who are interested in pursuing a career in a skilled trade.


“There are many opportunities and scholarships for learners who are pursuing formalized college programs, but there isn’t a lot of financial help and encouragement for people who are passionate about pursuing careers in the skilled trades” stated Kriese.   “Professions within the skilled trades are dynamic, and are ever-evolving due to the incredible rate of technology integration in the workplace.  We owe it to our community to help with the development of a forward-thinking workforce who strives to improve and to expand their knowledge base.” he adds.  The Tools of the Trade scholarship can be used to purchase industry specific tools, obtain required licenses, certificates or training, attend leadership development conferences, and help with purchases of technology related tools that improve efficiency for jobs.

Courtesy of Mrs. Carlie Bossard Penn Yan Academy

The Tools of the Trade scholarship is available to Yates County Farm Bureau members who could be eligible to receive up to $650 per calendar year.  Non-members are also encouraged to apply and could be eligible for up to $500 per calendar year.  Applications are accepted year-round and can be found at here.  You can also contact the New York Farm Bureau County Support Office at 315-252-1367 or email: [email protected] to receive an application along with further details.  Questions regarding the Tools of the Trade Matching Grant Scholarship can be directed to John Kriese at 315-856-0234 or Triana Burgos-Farnan at 315-536-2212.



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