Scholarships and Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study to colleges and career schools each year. The free application (FAFSA)is the starting point to learn what students could qualify for from the federal government, state government, and the school they choose to attend.

SkillsUSA-related Scholarships

You must be an active dues-paid SkillsUSA member to be considered for a scholarship through SkillsUSA or its partners.

Culinary Institute of America National Student Organization Scholarship

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is offering a special scholarship opportunity to members of the national student organizations SkillsUSA, ProStart®, and Family Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

The National Student Organization (NSO) Scholarships consist of thirty one-time $3,000 scholarships for active members of any of the three organizations in their high schools. The CIA also provides separate scholarships for students who place strongly in culinary or baking and pastry competitions through SkillsUSA, ProStart®, and FCCLA and for those who serve as officers of their organization’s chapters.

International SkillsUSA Degree

The deadline for submission of applications for the International SkillsUSA Degree is May 1. Students who successfully receive the degree are eligible for the International SkillsUSA Degree Scholarship. To qualify, all candidates must submit a letter of application for the scholarship within 45 days of receipt of the degree. The scholarship candidate must include with the application copies of receipts for lodging, meals, travel, and preparation of the presentation. SkillsUSA will reimburse up to $1,000 for preparation and receipt of the degree. This includes materials purchased for the presentation. No reimbursement will be awarded without proper documentation.

Letters and accompanying materials are to be sent to: International SkillsUSA Degree Review Committee, c/o SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176.

Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship

SkillsUSA is pleased to be offering one annual merit-based $1,000 scholarship for college/post-secondary education and a supplementary $500 travel stipend for NLSC to a state officer in memory of the legacy left by our champion Marsha Daves. The scholarship will recognize how our student leaders use the personal skills they develop to be a team member, leader, employee, citizen and an effective individual that fulfills the mission of SkillsUSA. The Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship is open to current SkillsUSA state officers who will be attending a college/postsecondary school in the next school year. 

Application deadline is May 1. Apply online.

NTHS Scholarships for SkillsUSA Members

The National Technical Honor Society annually awards four $1,000 scholarships to SkillsUSA members at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference. Two scholarships are awarded to high school members, and two scholarships are awarded to college/postsecondary members. To be eligible, students must be active, dues-paying members of both SkillsUSA and NTHS. To apply, schools must have an active NTHS chapter.

Robert Flint Student Leadership Development Scholarship

SkillsUSA members with financial needs may be eligible for a Student Leadership Development Scholarship to attend the Activate and Leverage in June or the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) in September. Four scholarships at $1,300 each will be awarded to attend Activate and Leverage training and four scholarships at $800 each will be awarded to attend WLTI. Nominations can only be made by a state association director. For details, contact your state SkillsUSA office.

Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship

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. Apply online.

SkillsUSA Alumni Merit Scholarship

The SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association is offering two annual merit-based $500 scholarships to qualifying students. The $500 scholarships will recognize the unique qualities of SkillsUSA students including leadership, commitment to community service, and advocating for career and technical education. Apply today.

SkillsUSA and Ryder Diesel Scholarship

SkillsUSA is proud to announce, in partnership with Ryder System, Inc., a new scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who are continuing their education in Diesel Equipment Technology. Twenty-two $1,000 scholarships will be given to deserving students to assist in their continuing education in Diesel Equipment Technology.

Selections will be based on students’ completion of this application, a résumé, and a 300-word essay stating why he or she should be considered for this scholarship. Submitted attachments must be typed, error free and complete.

Selections will be based on students’ completion of this application, a résumé, and a 300-word essay stating why he or she should be considered for this scholarship. Submitted attachments must be typed, error free and complete.

Applications are to be completed by midnight EDT on April 1. Winners will be notified May 1. Apply online.

SkillsUSA Championships

Following are the scholarships offered through the SkillsUSA national office to winners of the SkillSUSA Championships. Most scholarships are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners (gold, silver and bronze medalists). To compete at the national level, you must be a SkillsUSA member, compete successfully at the state contest and be selected by your state association. In most cases, these scholarships are applied directly to tuition and education expenses. Medalists also receive tools of the trade, software and other awards. Download the list of most current competition scholarships.

SkillsUSA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Scholarship

SkillsUSA is proud to continue the SkillsUSA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Scholarship established by Air Products. The new scholarship program is part of SkillsUSA’s newly created STEM Fund. The STEM Fund will help to raise public awareness that career and technical education is STEM. (STEM refers to a curriculum educating students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Online applications are due March 15. Please note that uploaded attachments must be typed, error free, complete and uploaded in a Microsoft word document (.doc), or PDF format. Scholarship winners will be notified by April 15. Checks will be sent to winners’ schools. Apply online.

The Southeastern Construction Owners and Associates Roundtable (SCOAR)

The Southeastern Construction Owners and Associates Roundtable (SCOAR) is offering $1,000 scholarships for students who wish to pursue further education or credential in a construction-related field.

The applicants can be a secondary student continuing their education in a postsecondary educational institution for a degree, diploma or certificate program. Applicants should be seniors in high school or already in a postsecondary institution wanting to continue their program.

This scholarship opportunity is open to SkillsUSA students who live in, or plan to attend school in one of the following eleven Southeastern states – FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, KY, TN, AL, MS, AK and LA. Apply online.

Other Scholarship Information


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