UPS employee shares message of hard work, inspires scholarship fund

Jake Pratt is no stranger to hard work.

May 26, 2021, 6:11 PM

Jake Pratt is no stranger to hard work.

The 22-year-old from Vestavia Hills, Alabama, who has Down syndrome, worked hard in school, played football, graduated college and applied to work at a temporary job at the Birmingham UPS facility.

PHOTO: Jake Pratt was hired full-time in April 2021.
Jake Pratt was hired full-time in April 2021.
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His partner, UPS driver Richard Wilson, said Pratt's attitude sets him above the rest.

"Working with Jake is awesome. He brings the right amount of energy and determination to get the job done," said Wilson. "He's very motivated and he's also made a difference in my life."

In April, Pratt discovered that he had been hired as a full-time worker at UPS. To celebrate the permanent job, his team made a donation to the nonprofit Down Syndrome of Alabama.

PHOTO: UPS driver Richard Wilson is a co-worker of Jake Pratt.
UPS driver Richard Wilson is a co-worker of Jake Pratt.
Courtesy of UPS

The donation helped start the Jake Pratt Fund, a scholarship fund to help others like Pratt.

Pratt told "World News Tonight" on Tuesday that he's proud of his team and the new gig.

PHOTO: Jake Pratt is 22 years old and is from Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
Jake Pratt is 22 years old and is from Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
Courtesy of UPS

"My dream job is UPS because I like to work here," said Pratt. "We deliver important packages during COVID."

Pratt said he hopes his story can motivate others.

"I hope people can see me and [it] inspires them to reach their goals," he said.

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