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Metallica Scholars Initiative to help students with financial assistance

GIVE ME FUEL, GIVE ME FIRE

By Angela Garrity, Guest Blogger

Metallica is putting their mouth where their money is, all in the name of education, that is.

Orlando Weekly reports that Metallica has awarded $100,000 to Valencia College as part of their Metallica Scholars initiative. 

“The Metallica Scholars workforce education initiative started in 2018 through Metallica's nonprofit foundation All Within My Hands to give deserving students financial assistance in pursuing technical education and trade programs. Locally, this financial gift will go toward scholarships for around 25 students, "providing them with short-term training in the construction trade," in particular heavy equipment and welding, according to the Orlando Sentinel.”

The program has expanded and includes funds disbursed to additional schools across the country, this year.

Anyone who has spent a minute in college knows that the price of education isn’t cheap, and it would be great if the money will roll right in.

“In partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, Metallica Scholars has a solid track record thus far. More than 700 Metallica Scholars have completed their respective programs and certification tracks so far, with a nearly 95 percent job placement rate.”

Metallica frontman James Hetfield summed up the goals of this initiative very directly:

“The fact that you’re working, trying to work, trying to find the path that works best for you – that should be the ultimate goal and most respected thing. So, putting the options out there for people: trade schools, community colleges, even [helping provide] gas money to get to and from school – there are many things you can help with.”

Thank you, Metallica, for helping adults redefine their future, one step at a time.

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