About a year ago we put out a challenge to all of you.  If we hit a lofty goal…which some said was not possible… I optimistically presumed it might take years to achieve the goal… well… this goal…


I am so eager to celebrate and host our first scholarship award dinner next fall!

Team going forward Drexel children will have the opportunity for a Drexel Scholarship. 100% of their tuition paid for.

A real jump start to their future.  If they want to be a farmer, a nurse, a salesperson, a welder, a teacher, an accountant… we will help them!

Since 1985, we’ve been spreading happiness…and we have had many moments to celebrate.  This is certainly near the top.

YOUR work has done this.

Your positive contagious energy and optimism has put this dream into a reality.

ALL of you as a team made this happen.  Your personal impact spread like wildfire.  You did this.

Pat yourself on the back today, and more importantly pat someone else’s.

Even if you have no children or your children do not qualify it certainly is still a day to celebrate… for all of us are on the same team.

Scott Rosenthal reminded me yesterday of some great lines in the book Fish.

On page 89 of the book is a statement about “Our Workplace”.  It says the following:

As you enter this place of work please choose to make today a great day. Your colleagues, customers, team members, and you yourself will be thankful. Find ways to play. We can be serious about our work without being serious about ourselves. Stay focused in order to be there when your customers and team members most need you. And should you feel your energy lapsing, try this surefire remedy: Find someone who needs a helping hand, a word of support, or a good ear….and make their day.


Special thanks to Bryan Rice and his team at Knecht Home Center as well as Ken Wilbanks and Rick Davis who pushed us to have BIGGER dreams!


Here’s all the details if you want to dig deeper in the rabbit hole.   (This is still in final draft mode, but 98.9% close to completion!)  Thank you Caitlin Stoll for working so hard on it.

Drexel has set up a scholarship program that will provide scholarships to the children of Drexel Team Members.

A scholarship is defined as a financial grant to an applied post-secondary undergraduate tuition at a qualified institution. A “Qualified Post-secondary Institution” shall include any accredited two or four year post-secondary educational institution. All Internet (on-line) degrees if are accredited are included.

The scholarship is for tuition costs only (fees excluded). Scholarships will be awarded for the the full tuition amount if attending a Wisconsin state institution. Private and/or
out-of-state institution scholarships will be the average Wisconsin state tuition for that year.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

Candidates must be a dependent of a full-time team member. For purposes of this program, “full-time” shall be defined as a team member who has been employed for a minimum of 5 years and regularly works 40 hours or more per week during the immediately preceding five-year period.

Natural born or legally adopted. Stepchildren, unless legally adopted and living with the team member, shall not be eligible.

Candidates must be 24 years or younger and at the beginning of the academic term.

Candidates must plan to enroll as a full-time student (min. 12 credits)

Candidates who are incoming freshman must have a cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher for high school courses taken.

Candidates who have completed one or more years of college must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for all courses taken.

Candidates must show extra curricular or community involvement.


Candidates must fill out an application form and submit to Drexel Building Supply by April 1st of each year.

After candidates are notified that they have met all initial qualifications they will participate in a personal interview with Joel and the Happier People Department as part of the application process.

On or before May 1st candidates will be notified if scholarship is awarded. Payment of scholarship will be made in equal installments for each semester and shall be paid to the college. If the student is not enrolled or has withdrawn as of the payment date, the scholarship shall be revoked.

Student must contact HPD department by January 1st with intention of continuing with second semester to ensure scholarship installment can be sent to college.

Tuition invoice will be paid within 30 days of receiving current report card/transcripts and tuition invoice. Invoice will be paid directly to the institution.

After candidates have received notification of being awarded scholarship, recipient and parents will be invited to the Drexel Awards Dinner. This awards dinner will be scheduled prior to academic year. Team Blue highly encourages both student and parents attend this ceremony to receive scholarship.

Scholarships are for one academic year and may be renewed if the student continues to meet all criteria. Scholarships may be renewed up to 4 years or a Bachelor’s degree is achieved, which ever is first.

This scholarship is a taxable fringe benefit to the team member.

Drexel reserves the right to review the program and inform the team of any changes. Team Member must be currently employed for reimbursement.


– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of other’s happpiness.  I hope this little post did just that.


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