09/18/2020 | Spotlight
Rocky Woodland was not your stereotypical welding student. A female in a male dominated industry, Rocky found her own place in our welding program. Rocky dove into training and her dedication led to earning her certificate.
Scholarships helped pave the way to Rocky’s success by making a profound impact on her life. In a thank you letter to the Foundation she wrote, “I know there are kids out there who probably deserve this scholarship more than I do. But the fact that you believed that I should have it makes me realize that there are people out there who believe that I can make a change and that I deserve a chance to do so. And because of that, I feel like I’m worth a little bit more today.”
Rocky was a frequent visitor to the Foundation’s president and vice president’s offices. Always smiling, Rocky gave updates on her progress and left as a glowing recommendation in her program. Before graduation, Rocky made it known that she was determined to give back to Davis Tech. Every time Rocky passed the donor wall, she envisioned her name being there. To the generous donors Rocky said, “You helped someone like me in the hopes that one day I could help someone too.”
Soon after Rocky began her first job, she sent us a letter. Enclosed was $200 in cash – the amount of her first paycheck – along with a note that read, “I don’t know what compelled you to choose me for high school senior scholarship, but if you don’t mind, I’d like you to use that same intuition to help change someone’s life the way you changed mine. There’s nothing I can do to repay you and Davis Tech for everything you’ve done for me, but perhaps this could be a start.” Hearing about Rocky’s amazing contribution, a member of our Foundation Board matched the donation in Rocky’s honor. Rocky’s story continues to inspire so many in the Davis Tech community and we can’t wait to see what she does next.