Grainger has expanded its Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program to include scholarships specifically for U.S. military veterans.

In the 2010 – 2011 academic year, Grainger will offer 75 community colleges across the United States two, $2,000 scholarships to award to community college students enrolled in industrial trades programs such as welding, plumbing, automotive and construction. In addition, upon graduation, scholarship recipients will receive a Westward toolkit outfitted for their industrial trade skill.

Grainger has targeted one-third of the awards, 50 scholarships, specifically for veterans in recognition of service to their country. According to Grainger representatives, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found in 2009 that there were 22 million veterans over the age of 18 with a significant number likely to enter occupations in installation, maintenance, repair, production and material moving industries.

“Grainger appreciates the contributions veterans have made to our country and their potential for service in the workplace,” said Jim Ryan, chairman, president and CEO of Grainger. “Industrial skilled trades are vital to keeping our infrastructure sound and our communities strong. The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program empowers future trades people to complete their education and helps them start their careers.”

For more information on the scholarship program, visit www.grainger.com.