On Saturday, “Dirty Jobs” star Mike Rowe posted a note from a woman named Karyn Segal, who had some complaints about his Work Ethic Scholarship Program. The scholarship requires applicants to take the “S.W.E.A.T. Pledge,” which stands for “Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo.”
His website further explains the pledge:
You’re signing a solemn oath not to become a lazy, self-entitled drone who blames others for their troubles and expects to be taken care of. Fair warning: this Pledge is not for everyone; so if you’re offended or threatened by its content, it’s probably best to seek out a different pile of free money.
Segal wasn’t too happy with this pledge and sent Rowe a note:
Mr. Rowe – I heard about your “work ethic scholarship program,” and suggested my son apply. He wants to be a welder! I was appalled though, when he showed me your “sweat pledge,” and told me that signing it was required of all applicants!! Where did you come up with this nonsense? There are so many things wrong with this document I don’t even know where to begin!! Suffice it to say, we will not be applying!!!
Rowe responded publicly with a note of his own and explained that he has “absolutely no interest in paying for his training if doesn’t share my opinions on the importance of hard ethic, a positive attitude, delayed gratification, and personal responsibility.”
He added that “lots of scholarship funds will hand out money with no strings attached, and if you poke around, I’m sure you’ll find one that’s more in line with your worldview.”
Read his full post below: