Metallica Scholars Partner with NWTC to Make College Possible

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America’s iconic metal band invests $100,000 in scholarships for NWTC students to pursue high-wage careers
America’s iconic metal band invests $100,000 in scholarships for NWTC students to pursue high-wage careers
Metallica Scholars Initiative (MSI) awards Northeast Wisconsin Technical College $100,000 in scholarships to make college possible for students pursuing high-wage careers. The goal of the initiative is to support students looking to fill workforce shortages in skilled careers.

Celebrating its fifth year, MSI was created through the band’s philanthropic foundation, All Within My Hands (AWMH), and the American Association of Community Colleges as an opportunity to build sustainable communities through quality workforce training. Today, MSI supports 42 colleges and over 6,000 students nationwide to pursue high-paying careers in growing fields. 

“The Metallica Scholars Initiative is so important to us because we are seeing results. Five years in, with the help of community colleges across the country, we are helping people fill these essential jobs which require skills and training. We are so proud and grateful that we can facilitate this program,” said Lars Ulrich, Metallica.

Up to 100 NWTC students are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship towards programs in Health Sciences, Construction, Transportation, Human Services, and Manufacturing. 

“NWTC is honored to be a part of the Metallica Scholars Initiative and join this collaborative partnership to transform, strengthen, and inspire lives through higher education,” said Crystal Harrison, NWTC Director of Foundation. "This generous contribution paves the way for our students to explore high-paying, in-demand careers that will positively impact their lives and community. This is more than just a donation, it’s a gift that keeps on giving.” 

NWTC is one of the three colleges from Wisconsin joining the MSI roster. The applicants are competitively selected from a pool of applicants from across the country to transform the futures of students in their communities.

“The Metallica Scholars Initiative is a strong and cooperative assemblage of the nation’s best community colleges, creating a supportive climate for participants to communicate directly and share best practices. As a result, our Metallica Scholars leave the program well-trained and confident,” said Peter Delgrosso, AWMH Executive Director.

These newly added colleges join 31 veteran institutions that were invited to continue in the program and to help play an important role in guiding the success of the new colleges.

NWTC’s students can apply for the scholarship now, visit to learn more.  

As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges leads, advocates, and advances the nation’s community colleges.  Uniquely American, community colleges deliver educational and economic opportunities for more than 10 million diverse students annually. Dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers, and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, DC, AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support to increase economic mobility for all.

All Within My Hands was established in 2017 by Metallica to invest in the people and places that have supported the band. It also allows Metallica’s fans to engage in philanthropy and volunteerism. The Foundation is dedicated to creating sustainable communities through workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services. All expenses of the Foundation are covered by the band, the board, and a few special friends so that 100% of donations go to the organizations it supports. AWMH is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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