Jeffrey Downes Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Trades
For over 40 years, Jeffrey Downes drove commercial trucks, he loved his work, and truly had a passion for driving. This scholarship fund was established by his family to honor his memory upon his passing in 2015, after a hard fought battle with cancer. A scholarship will be awarded annually to an individual residing in Bristol, Burlington, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington or Wolcott to provide financial assistance towards obtaining skilled training as a commercial driver or other skilled trade with preference given to those applicants seeking a commercial driver license (CDL). Qualifying training includes apprenticeship programs, technical education trade schools, other career training program with focus on a skilled trade area (i.e. CDL, electrician, plumber, HVAC, precision machining, automotive technology, welding and metal fabrication, etc.).