Rick Nelson Memorial Skilled Trades Scholarship

Rick’s Run Inc. is a registered 501(3)c non-profit organization supporting scholarships for the skilled trades in High Schools within Walworth County. This organization was founded in the memory of Rick Nelson who graduated from Delavan Darien High School, owned Midtown Auto in Elkhorn, was a certified ASE mechanic, and was very generous in his support of the community. It’s in this spirit that Rick’s Run Inc. was founded. The goal of this organization is to fund a minimum of (6) $1500 scholarships each year for deserving students that meet the following requirements.

Definition of a Skilled Trade

We define a Skilled Trade as any profession that requires a minimum of 1 year of Technical College education resulting in a degree and requires the student to use their hands. This would be a career such as Auto Service Technician, Diesel Mechanic, Auto Body Technician, Welder/Fabricator, CNC Machinist, Tool and Die Maker, Electrician, Plumber, Carpenter, Cabinet Maker, HVAC Technician, Appliance Repair Technician, Culinary Arts/Chef.  If you have another suggestion, please ask or apply!

Grade Point Average

The minimum GPA requirement for the applicant will be the same as the athletic participation requirement for the high school. We will ask that the applicant have a 1.6 GPA or better to qualify.

Letter of Application

The applicant for the Rick’s Run scholarship must compose a letter of application. In this letter, the individual will state the fulfillment of the above requirements, introduce themselves to the selection committee, state their choice of trade, and explain why they want to enter that trade.