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President’s Volunteer Service Award Reminder

November 26th, 2013

Because SkillsUSA is a certifying organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, advisors, student members and registered alumni can earn recognition for community service activities and time spent as a volunteer.

This award is a presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers nationwide who are answering a national call to serve others through their current volunteer activities or lifetime service. As a certifying organization, SkillsUSA can identify eligible recipients, verify their service hours and distribute the award to outstanding volunteers.

Given participation in ongoing service activities, advisors and students may already meet the requirements to receive the award. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni can submit a record of their service hours. State directors are also encouraged to document service hours and apply for the award.

For details on qualifying hours and requirements for submission, visit: www.skillsusa.org/students/volsvc.shtml. Applications must be received (not postmarked) by April 1, 2014.

WIN Scholarship Program for Collision Repair/Refinishing Students Reminder

November 26th, 2013

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) offers scholarships that will provide tuition assistance as well as educational opportunities and enrichment events to qualified applicants.

The College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award is presented to students (male or female) enrolled in a college/postsecondary collision repair/refinishing technology program. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their postsecondary education in collision repair, a one-year WIN membership, plus the registration fee and travel expenses to attend the 2014 Education Conference.

The High School Tuition Scholarship Award is presented to students (male or female) enrolled in a secondary collision repair/refinishing technology program who plan to continue their studies at a technical school or college. Each scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their postsecondary education in collision repair and a one-year WIN membership.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2014. For scholarship requirement details and submission instructions, go to: www.thewomensindustrynetwork.ning.com and click on scholarships.

Need an End-of-Year Charitable Deduction?

November 26th, 2013

Need an end-of-year charitable deduction for your 2013 tax return?  You can reduce your tax liability and support SkillsUSA’s mission delivery by making a donation to SkillsUSA’s foundation.  Click on the blue “Donate” button on SkillsUSA’s home page,  www.skillsusa.org, and follow instructions.  If you already have a standing pledge to the Skills Build America Campaign, you can advance your 2014 pledge payment or make an additional one-time gift.

You may also want to consider a gift of appreciated stock.  This offers several advantages.

  •  Avoid capital gains tax on the stock donated
  • Acquire a tax deduction for the value of the stock donated
  • Support SkillsUSA students and programs.

Please contact SkillsUSA’s Eric Gearhart at 703-737-0603, egearhart@skillsusa.org if you desire to explore a donation of securities.

SkillsUSA is a IRS-designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.


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