Fine Homebuilding and SkillsUSA’s #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship Fine Homebuilding Awards $60,000 in Scholarships to Help Close the Skills Gap

SkillsUSA is proud to announce, in its third year of partnership with Fine Homebuilding, a scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members. Current SkillsUSA members studying in construction-related fields, with a passion for their craft and planning to pursue continued education including community college, undergraduate programs, and industry certifications are eligible for one of 24 $2,500 scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year.

Selections are based on completion of an application, along with a 300-word essay and a letter of support from a teacher, administrator, SkillsUSA advisor, or educational/professional mentor. All winners will be acknowledged during the 56th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., in June 2020.

In creating these scholarships, Fine Homebuilding is addressing a disparity between the employment demands of a growing housing industry and a shortage of trained qualified labor – the skills gap.

The 2019 winners are:

  • Artom Pack, a student at Gadsden State Community College-Gadsden in Alabama
  • Brodey Staggs, a student at Northwest Shoals Community College in Alabama
  • Austin Wilson, a student at Northwest Shoals Community College in Alabama
  • Dylan  Magao, a student at H.H. Ellis Technical High School in Connecticut
  • Rachel Hawk, a student at Mount Dora High School in Florida
  • Patrick Duckett, a student at North Cobb High School in Georgia
  • Logan Dowell, a student at Hart County High School in Georgia
  • Cole Pelfrey, a student at Calhoun High School in Georgia
  • Vaqas Khan, a student at Kansas City Kansas Community College in Kansas
  • Mathew Page, a student at Parkside High School in Maryland
  • Garret Frank, a student at Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moorhead in Minnesota
  • Fatima Ayal, a student at The Career Academy – Lincoln in Nebraska
  • Eric Holiday, a student at Navajo Technical University in New Mexico
  • Matthew Tchernev, a student at Bayport Blue Point High School in New York
  • Kemuel Mangru, a student at Thomas A Edison Career & Technical  in New York
  • Jordan Corvin, a student at Ulster Vo Tech Center in New York
  • Tim Brinkley, a student at Guilford Technichal Community College in North Carolina
  • Don  Anderson Jr, a student at Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina
  • Ashton White, a student at Rowan Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina
  • Travonte  Gadson, a student at Heyward Career Center in South Carolina
  • Jacqueline Medina, a student at Harlingen High School in Texas
  • Aliza Queensberry, a student at Highland High School in Utah
  • Jackson Newberg, a student at Cascadia Technical Academy in Washington
  • Atticus Garrett, a student at Kaycee High School in Wyoming