Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs fame, and now the founder of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Program, has announced the recipients of the 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Program. More than $900,000 has been amassed for the program, and 259 individuals will be receiving scholarships this fall.

Jesse Lyle, an electrical technology student on the NCK Tech Hays campus, has been awarded one of the substantial and prestigious awards. The scholarship, worth $6,500, will assist Lyle with tuition, books, fees and other educational expenses. Lyle, a graduate of Natoma High School, lives in Natoma and commutes on a daily basis to Hays.

“I am immensely honored to receive this scholarship, and it is a huge financial help,” he said.

Lyle noted the application process was intense and included many essay questions along with a submission video.

“Eventually, I would like to own my own business, but I know that is down the road a bit,” he said. “First comes graduation and the degree, along with the journeyman license. Experience and the master electrician certification are a must.”