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RHS graduate receives Work Ethic scholarship

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Jaymon Cherinko intends to use the Work Ethic Scholarship to attend ENMU-Roswell. (Submitted Photo)

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A 2021 Roswell High School graduate learned last week that he is among the few students nationwide to receive a Work Ethic Scholarship from a national foundation.

Jaymon Cherinko, 18, was the only New Mexico student and one of only 138 students nationwide to receive a 2021 scholarship from the Mike Rowe Works Foundation.

Mike Rowe is best known as the originator and host of the “Dirty Jobs” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” TV shows, but he also has become an advocate for the need for skilled labor, job training and technical education.

Rowe created the foundation in 2008 to promote the benefits of technical jobs and to inform people about what he considers to be a bad trend in the United States to push people into college degree programs for jobs that don’t exist while in-demand blue-collar jobs go unfilled.

The foundation has provided $5 million in scholarships during the past 13 years, according to its website. The scholarships are designed to recognize students “who understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification and positive attitude.”

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Cherinko has received a one-year, $6,000 scholarship, which he intends to use to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in welding technology at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. He plans to begin studies there in the fall.

Mom Natalie Cherinko said that she, husband Ski and Jaymon have been a fan of Rowe’s ideas for some time and went to listen to him talk in Hobbs a couple of years ago. Jaymon Cherinko added that his high school welding instructor told him about the scholarship opportunity.

“I did the FFA-Ag mechanics competitions,” he said. “The way it worked is that you would take a written test and then a problem-solving test, and then you would get a blueprint and you would have to complete the project.”

Natalie Cherinko added that her son placed first.

Cherinko said he enjoys working and doing hands-on labor. While in high school, he did odd jobs such as lawn work for people while he also worked at a local retail store and a car wash. After graduating from ENMU-R, he plans to begin his career.

“I thought it was really cool,” he said about the scholarship. “I was grateful to be able to receive it.”