Moffat County graduate Elias Peroulis earns Mike Rowe scholarship
A recent monetary award meant a lot for one Moffat County High School graduate, though the lifetime of hard work he’s put in leading up to it has been enough satisfaction on its own.
Elias Peroulis was one of 182 students across the nation named this month as a recipient of a Work Ethic Scholarship through mikeroweWORKS Foundation.
Mike Rowe, the CEO of the organization, is best known as the host of the Discovery Channel series “Dirty Jobs,” which highlights laborers whose careers are exceptionally difficult, physically demanding or, at times, disgusting. Rowe also currently hosts the similar show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”
Funds from the foundation are distributed to students and workers based on their demonstrated dedication and work ethic.
“Obviously, ‘work ethic’ is a difficult thing to quantify, but we think this year’s recipients possess the willingness to apply the knowledge and expertise they’ll gain as a result of the programs they’re about to embark upon,” stated a Facebook post from the foundation.
Altogether, the program provides $600,000 this year for young people seeking education and training in fields including auto and aviation technology, carpentry, construction, plumbing, HVAC, farming and agriculture and more.
Peroulis received $1,000 he will put toward his training in welding at Wyoming’s Laramie County Community College.
Peroulis, who has grown up in the ranching lifestyle, graduated from MCHS in May following a senior year with academic honors, as well as competing at the state level in wrestling and track — with regional and league championships, respectively — and representing Moffat County at the national level in FFA.
However, the application for the scholarship was a job in itself, writing multiple essays, obtaining letters of recommendation and providing a video, all discussing his work ethic, how he has displayed it in his daily life and how it will impact his career path.
“It was a crazy process applying for that scholarship. It took a long time, but it was well worth the time,” Peroulis said.