STEM Academy Students Awarded Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarships

January 16, 2014 | Queensborough Community College

Grainger has recognized Queensborough’s outstanding students for the sixth year in a row as Engineering Technology students Michael Lawrence and Bryon Singh each received a $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship.The award also provides both recipients with a customized Westward® toolkit that includes professional tools for the graduating students’ trade area of expertise. Queensborough is one of the few community colleges to have more than one student selected as a Grainger scholarship recipient.

“Through the years, our engineering technology students have consistently stood out as scholars, researchers and innovators—determined to succeed both in college and in their careers,” said Stuart M. Asser, Professor and Chairperson, Engineering Technology

About the Grainger Scholarship Recipients 

Michael Lawrence, a student in the Science, Technologies, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Academy, is a native of Queens and has an eclectic background. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he began to pursue his career in engineering technology, Michael decided to return to school to receive more formal training in his chosen field. Now a third semester student at Queensborough, he is President of the Student Veterans Association (QSVA) and helps advise student veterans with regard to their studies, financial aid and post-graduate employment opportunities. Michael says that he has become proficient in many state-of-the-art computer systems while at Queensborough because of “the skill and knowledge of the faculty.”

The second Grainger winner, Bryon Singh, is also a student in the STEM Academy. Bryon’s engineering studies includes working with a team of fellow students developing models for 3D printers. Their designs and models provide tools and gears for the Mechanical Engineering Department, as well as models for human hands and human skulls to be used as learning tools for students in the Health Related Sciences Academy.

As a leading distributer of industrial supplies, Grainger is committed to helping alleviate the shortage of skilled workers while supporting the increasing technical demands of today’s industrial workplace. Since 2006, Grainger and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) have worked together to provide students access to skilled trades jobs and technical education.