GPS Insight recently announced the winners of the GPS Insight ‘You are the Reason’ Skilled Trades Scholarship Program: Michael Lyons and Jacob Paquette. Both winners will be awarded $10,000 each for the pursuit of full-time skilled trades study at a college or accredited vocational-technical school in the 2023-2024 academic year. GPS Insight will also award three additional $500 scholarships for honorable mentions. Scholarship winners were nominated by GPS Insight customers.
Michael Lyons is from Scotrun, Pennsylvania, and currently attends the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Growing up watching his father and stepfather fix their cars, he became fascinated with mechanics and decided that learning a skilled trade was the best route for his career. During his senior year of high school, Michael tragically lost his father.
Michael plans on focusing his career on mechanics, particularly aviation. He was nominated for the scholarship by Brandenburg Industrial Service Company.
Jacob Paquette is from Plantsville, Connecticut, and is a current high school senior planning to attend Bristol Technical Education Center to enter a career in automotive technology. He enjoys working on all things mechanical and taking the time to figure out how they work.
Jacob currently has an internship at Good Guys Auto House, where the owners think he will have a promising career in the automotive field. He was nominated for the scholarship by Magnakleen Services.
Honorable mentions and $500 scholarship awardees include Alexandra Zapien from Oakley, California, Briley Lehman from Grantsville, Illinois, and Tyler Horsley from Scottsdale, Arizona.