Rola Majed, a student at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich., received the Tools for Tomorrow scholarship from Grainger. She attended the Sept. 26 grand opening of their Madison Heights, Mich., store. Pictured are her father (left); Rola Majed; Paul Dowd, district manager at Grainger; and Chad Richert, Majed’s college instructor.

Facilities maintenance distributor Grainger marked the opening of its newly relocated Madison Heights, Mich., location with a community open house and ribbon cutting Sept. 26.

During the event, the company awarded a Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship to Henry Ford Community College student Rola Majed. Majed, 19, is a second-year Henry Ford Community College student in the architecture and construction program. The school’s faculty members, who praised Majed as diligent and determined, nominated her to receive the honor.

She hopes to use the skills she learns at Henry Ford to pursue additional architectural training.
“When I was a junior in high school, I had an epiphany: I realized I wanted to pursue a career in architecture,” Majed said. “I spent a year learning the ropes at a small architectural firm and then enrolled in the architecture and construction program at Henry Ford Community College.

“It’s an honor to receive a Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow scholarship. This generous contribution will be a great help to me as I continue to pursue my educational goals.”

The scholarship is one in a series Grainger is awarding across the country, designed to help students in the technical trades realize their educational goals. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students with a scholarship for their second year of schooling and a specialized Westward-brand tool package upon completion of the student’s technical education program.

This is the second year Grainger has partnered with Henry Ford Community College to support local students.

“Grainger has been serving business customers in the Detroit area for more than 70 years and we’re proud to continue to grow and invest here,” said Paul Dowd, district branch services manager for Grainger. “Today we’re not only celebrating the opening of our new facility, we’re continuing our tradition of supporting technical education by partnering with Henry Ford Community College on our Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program.”

Grainger relocated its Troy, Mich., facility to Madison Heights Aug. 20. The new, larger location is two miles from its previous address, and the company says that it will offer customers more products at a more convenient location.

Customers who use the new Madison Heights branch will have access to more than 26,000 products, including heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment and electrical and safety supplies in-stock and available the same day.

Grainger currently operates eight locations in the Detroit area, with eight additional locations throughout Michigan.