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Finish Line Grant Helps HVAC Student with Tools, Tuition and Transportation


Going to school full-time while being married with a toddler can put a financial burden on a student who needs money to get established.

Lee Kiser is studying Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology (also known as HVAC) at Surry Community College. He plans to go into light commercial work locally and eventually get a state contractor’s license and start his own business.

Kiser made a list of hand tools he needed for class, and in the field once employed. The equipment totaled $1,200 from a supply house. He heard from another student that a grant was available to help students get tools, so Kiser researched his options and found out about the Finish Line grant.

The grant paid $1,000 toward his tool expense during one semester. The next semester his financial aid fell short and the grant kicked in $700 to pay for his tuition. He was also given $300 in gas cards to help pay for his commute from Yadkinville to Dobson every day, which is 35 miles round trip.

“The Finish Line Grant definitely helped me get the hand tools I needed. It was a relief not to worry about that. The gas cards really helped along with the grant picking up where financial aid ended to pay off my tuition one semester,” Kiser said. “The Finish Line Grant made things a lot less stressful for me. It eased some tension and worries. I recommend other students apply for the Finish Line Grant to see how it can help them. It helped my family.”

The Finish Line Grant, administered by the Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board, is geared for students who are halfway through their program of study and need emergency assistance. The grant can help with transportation, auto repair, childcare, dependent care, housing assistance, utility bills, healthcare expenses, books and school supplies, as well as tuition.

If you are interested in the Finish Line grant, contact Forrest Lineberry at (336) 386-3244 or or Tammy Fletcher at (336) 386-3245 or You can also fill out an application online at

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