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NLSC Travel Scholarships Announced

May 14th, 2012

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to announce a new scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who have competed and placed first in their state association competition. Get the details here: A total of 50 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. The application deadline is June 1.

2012 NTHS Scholarships

April 30th, 2012

The 2012 NTHS Scholarship recipients have been announced. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship from NTHS. There were 138 applicants for this year’s scholarships.

High School Recipients

  1. Jennifer Trevino, Dubiski Career High School, Cosmetology, Grand Prairie, Texas
  2. Izaak Noman, Canadian Valley Technology Center, Computer Aided Drafting, Chickasha, Okla.
  3. Christianne Durham, Meridian Technical Charter High School, Electronics Technology, Meridian, Idaho
  4.  Kimberly Reed, Mid-Coast School of Technology, CNA, Rockland, Maine

Congratulations to each of the recipients!

Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship

February 28th, 2012

Through a donation from the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund, SkillsUSA and the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Alumni Association are offering a $500 scholarship to a SkillsUSA student in memory of Sharon Melton Myers. The Sharon Melton Myers Memorial SkillsUSA Scholarship fund will provide graduating SkillsUSA members the opportunity to continue their education in college or technical school.

Sharon Ruth Melton Myers was an active member of the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Chapter from 1985 through 1988. During that time, Sharon participated in local, state and national SkillsUSA activities. She served as a local officer in 1986 and 1987, Tennessee state secretary in 1986-87 and national president in 1987-88. Sharon also participated in the Chapter’s Opening and Closing Team in 1986, 87 and 88. Following graduation from McMinn High in 1988, Sharon continued as an active supporter of SkillsUSA, serving as a national officer trainer for several years. Sharon was active in establishing a Tennessee SkillsUSA alumni charter and constitution while attending David Lipscomb College in Nashville. Sharon was totally committed and dedicated to the ideals of SkillsUSA and actively worked for the advancement of this youth leadership organization.

A judging committee composed of Catherine Melton and National SkillsUSA staff will review the nominations and select the national winner.

Candidates may nominate themselves. All nominations must include two letters of recommendation from any of the following individuals: a) instructors; b) SkillsUSA advisors; c) state association director; d) community leader. A nomination form can be downloaded from SkillsUSA’s website here.  Nominations must be postmarked by April 30.

If you have questions, please contact Christen Battaglia (703) 737-0627 or

The Technology & Maintenance Council Scholarship

February 1st, 2012

The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations is offering five truck technician scholarships (diesel technology) in partnership with WyoTech, the University of Northern Ohio and Lincoln Technical Institute.

Scholarship applicants are to be sponsored by a TMC member. TMC members are throughout the United States. Scholarship information and applications along with contact information are available online at:

The scholarships are part of an ongoing effort by TMC’s Professional Technician Development Committee (PTDC) to promote and enhance the professionalism of commercial vehicle technicians.

Application deadline is March 15, 2012 and awards will be announced by April 15, 2012.

Good Neighbor Scholarships

December 15th, 2011

Online applications are available  for the State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarships at:

Interested students should take action as soon as possible, as there is a 360 application limit. High school seniors with a GPA of 2.5-3.2 can apply for the 26, two-year, $2,500 per year, scholarships to be used for higher education or technical school attendance. The scholarships are provided by the State Farm Companies Foundation.

Scholarship Opportunities

November 14th, 2011

There are several scholarships opportunities available for students on the SkillsUSA website. Please pass the word.

National Technical Honor Society Scholarship (four @ $1,000 each) – Deadline, April 1, 2012 – go to:

Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship ($500) – Deadline, April 30, 2012 – go to:

Alumni Merit Scholarship (two @ $500 each) – Deadline, May 15, 2012 – go to:


June 15th, 2011
  • At the recommendation of Frank Carroll, former SkillsUSA board member, president, Bosch Power Tools North America and full-time SkillsUSA champion, we held a meeting here in Leesburg on May 26 with Larry Teverbaugh, CEO of K2Share and Robert Wagner, senior VP, Lowe’s and SkillsUSA board member. The agenda revolved around Vision 2020 and how we can employ the talent and influence of top corporate executives to reach those goals by tapping into their business acumen for strategic guidance – such as developing appropriate and responsive business models for SkillsUSA – and using their leverage appropriately for financial development. It was an excellent half-day meeting and gave the invited staff plenty to think about.
  • Here’s the latest national conference by the numbers. Conference registration – even in these tough financial times – is up over last year to 9,647. A good sign is that state associations are asking for more hotel rooms. And, we have 5,745 contestants registered That’s more than last year even though we have two fewer contests. We have 79 SkillsUSA University seminars scheduled (74 last year) and there are 144 TECHSPO exhibitors, 30 of them are new. The 101 and 201 State Officer and Advisor Training registration is way up (over 70 more participants) this year to 269 participants from 25 states. SkillsUSA’s partners are giving away $100,000 in travel scholarships related to students attending conference.
  • Stephen Gold, CEO of the Manufacturing Alliance, came by for a visit on the morning of May 16. Staff and I provided an overview of SkillsUSA and Gold oriented us to the Alliance. Several of our partners serve on the Manufacturing Alliance board of directors, including CAT, Air Products and Snap-on. Emily DeRocco and I presented to the Manufacturing Alliance board in Washington, D.C. on June 9. Gold sees SkillsUSA as part of the solution for the manufacturing pipeline issue facing the nation’s manufacturers. The Alliance has over 300 manufacturing companies as members. He will also be attending the NLSC.
  • On May 18, I participated in the inaugural meeting of the National Youth Safety Advisory Council. Led by CareerSafe and supported by federal OSHA, the council is comprised of leaders from industry and education. Friends of SkillsUSA on the Council include CAT, FFA, Chad Maclin of Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools, Dr. Chip Harris from Tennessee State University and Mike Raponi, former SkillsUSA board member and CTE director from Nevada. The Council will be sponsoring the first National Young Worker Safety Day in conjunction with our NLSC on Tuesday, June 21. The goal of NYSAC is to review current and future safety regulations and policies set forth by OSHA and to help determine the best ways to train and educate young workers including methods and data collection processes.
  • Membership in the Alumni & Friends Association is close to 20,000.
  • Lowe’s will have 13 vendor companies attending conference this year.
  • There were 49 signatures on the “Dear Colleague” letter to support Perkins funding when it was sent to the chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service and Education in mid-May. It will probably be one of many letters in the months ahead.

mikeroweWORKS Foundation Scholarship Winners

June 14th, 2011

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, recently provided a new scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who placed first in their state association contests this year. Twenty $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to offset costs of travel and conference participation. Winners will also have the opportunity to attend a luncheon with a member of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation staff. The winners are:

  • Justin Holbrooks, Wood County Technical Center in Parkersburg, W.V.
  • Josie Colonna, Monmouth County Career Center in Freehold, N.J.
  • Brittany Belgarde, Helena High School in Helena, Mont.
  • Forrest Barker, Suwannee-Hamilton Tech. Center in Live Oak, Fla.
  • Carrick Ashworth, Sabin Schellenberg Center in Milwaukie, Ore.
  • Forrest Teague, Lawrence County Center of Technology in Moulton, Ala.
  • Luzbeth Rodriguez, Warwick Area Career and Technical Center in Warwick, R.I.
  • Forrest Smith, Warwick Area Career and Technical Center in Warwick, R.I.
  • Nina Palombo, Chariho Regional High School in Wood River Junction, R.I.
  • Kelli Green, Kamiah High School in Kamiah, Ore.
  • Pamela Roberts, Sullivan South High School in Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Heidi Smith, H. C. Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden, Conn.
  • Scott Eckensberger, Seminole Vocational Education Center in Seminole, Fla.
  • Drew Forrest, Spring Lake Park High School in Spring Lake Park, Minn.
  • Terri Haupt, Seminole Vocational Education Center in Seminole, Fla.
  • Bryanna Auverson, Lewiston Senior High School in Lewiston, Idaho
  • Monica Briner, Highland Community College Technical Center in Atchison, Kan.
  • Supansa Banker, Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Julian Ellison, Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative in Chaska, Minn.
  • Brian Murphy, Communications High School in Wall, N.J.

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation Travel Scholarship

June 1st, 2011

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is announcing a new scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who have placed first in their state association contests this year. The scholarship is to provide support for state contest winners who have insufficient chapter, school or community resources to participate in the 2011 National SkillsUSA Championships.

Twenty $1,000 scholarships will be given away to offset costs of travel and conference participation. Winners will also have the opportunity to attend a luncheon with a member of The mikeroweWORKS Foundation staff.

Acceptance is based on a one-page narrative submitted by the student and a letter of support from the student’s advisor or state association director. Applications must be postmarked by June 3. Winners will be notified the following week.

For additional information and the application form, please link to

NTHS Scholarship Recipients

May 14th, 2011

With more than 90 applications received for the 2011 National Technical Honor Society scholarship, we are pleased to announce the recipients. Congratulations to each recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from NTHS. They are:

  • Maria Garcia, Industrial Technology, Bradenton, Fla. (Manatee Technical Institute) – College/Postsecondary
  • Zackery Minor, Graphic Communications, Bartlesville, Okla. (Tri County Technology Center) – High School
  • Nathaniel Perry, Visual Communications, Norwich, N.Y. (Chenango Area BOCES) – High School
  • Danielle Walter, Interactive Multimedia, Canfield, Ohio (Mahoning County Career and Technical Center) – High School

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