A program designed by facilities maintenance supplier Grainger, will award second-year college students with a scholarship and a career-related tool package.

The American Association of Community Colleges and Grainger announced the creation of the Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program. The program provides funding for students at selected community colleges to finish their second year of an industrial trade career program.

To date, scholarships have been awarded to Amanda Korte of St. Louis, Michael Guido of Dearborn, Mich.; and Stuart Nelson of Seattle.

"The students of today represent the industrial trade professionals who will help build our future," said James T. Ryan, president of Grainger. "We're proud to support their educational success by partnering with AACC on this unique opportunity."

"Students enrolled in technical career programs will help to meet a serious and growing skills gap in our country," said American Association of Community Colleges President George R. Boggs. "By stepping up to recognize their sometimes under-appreciated contributions, Grainger is not only helping deserving students, but they are also investing in our nation's continuing economic success."

Grainger currently operates more than 400 branches in local markets across the United States. Each Grainger branch offers heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment; hand and power tools; and electrical and safety supplies.