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Student receives Grainger scholarship

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Henry Ford Community College student John Quaine of Brownstown, recipient of a $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship from W. W. Grainger, Inc., has now received a $1,000 Westward-brand toolkit upon his graduation from the college’s Architecture/Construction Technology (ACT) program. He received the toolkit from Grainger’s Romulus branch office recently. Quaine was one of only 35 students to receive the scholarship nationwide.

The toolkit includes a 396-piece master kit, a tool belt, a six-in-one scraper, a plastic PVC cutter, a 25' tape measure, fiberglass tape and a 50' extension cord.

Quaine was nominated for the scholarship by the ACT program faculty at HFCC. Quaine was praised by the instructors for being motivated and dedicated.

Grainger is a leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America and the world. It currently operates in eight locations around the Detroit area but has nearly 600 branches and 18 distribution centers in North America and China.

'With the demand for these skilled individuals projected to be even greater in the coming years, it is essential that we continue to invest in their talent,' said James Ryan, Grainger’s president and chief operating officer. 'Grainger is proud to honor the achievements and efforts of our scholarship recipients and the future leadership roles they will have in their industry.'

HFCC’s associate degree ACT program teaches students architectural drafting and building construction methods. Students also learn about materials and principles of architecture by 'hands-on'activities designed to provide a practical, skill-based education.

Quaine wants to continue his education to the fullest potential.

'This fall I will be enrolled in the architecture program of the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Michigan,' said Quaine. 'Ultimately, my goal is to continue my education toward a master of architecture degree and would specifically like to work with urban design and renewal projects.'

His transfer to the U of M Ann Arbor was made possible because of a transfer agreement between HFCC and U of M’s school of architecture, the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. This agreement makes credit earned in HFCC’s ACT program easily transferrable to U of M, which can save students thousands of dollars in tuition costs.

'I felt honored when I first learned I was the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship winner,' said Quaine. 'The scholarship has helped me in several ways and has offered me many great opportunities.'

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