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Scholarships and Grants

SkillsUSA-related Scholarships and Grants

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

Chapter Grants

SkillsUSA Hope Fund

The SkillsUSA Hope Fund provides support to student members:

  1. Experiencing financial or personal crisis to propel their education and career pathways.
  2. By assisting chapters affected by natural disasters.
  3. By ensuring financial stability of SkillsUSA’s network of leaders and associations.

Apply online today.

Student Scholarships and Grants

ACCSC SkillsUSA Scholarship

ACCSC is proud to offer an annual scholarship to help students enrolled in a SkillsUSA program to attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). The scholarship application deadline is June 1.

Get the details and apply online.

Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship: April 1 to May 31

Sponsored by:

About the Scholarship
The Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship, presented in partnership with North American Oil & Gas Pipelines (published by Benjamin Media Inc.), Continuum Capital, and SkillsUSA, will offer merit-based scholarships to high school or college/postsecondary students continuing their education to pursue a career in energy construction (oil and gas pipelines, gas distribution, solar, and wind).

Applications must be submitted via the online application by May 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Eligibility Requirements:

To apply for the Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship applicants:

  1. Must be a member of SkillsUSA.
  2. Must be a current high school junior, high school senior, or current college/post-secondary student.
  3. Must be currently enrolled in a construction program.
  4. Must be planning to study construction in the school year 2022/2023 or if the applicant is a current high school junior, the school year 2023/2024.
  5. Must submit a letter of recommendation from their instructor or professor.
  6. Must submit a current resume with the application.
  7. Must submit a self-written essay answering the question (400-500 words): “Why do you want to pursue a career in the energy construction industry and its role in preserving USA’s energy independence?”

Recipients will be selected on the basis of proficiency of skills demonstrated throughout the application, essay, resume, and recommendation letter.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by July 1. Scholarship funds will be disbursed to awardees upon presentation of a tuition invoice from their postsecondary education institution. The scholarship dollar amount and number of awards are to be determined.

The deadline to apply is May 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Apply online today!

Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation SkillsUSA Scholarship: Open April 1 to May 31

About the Scholarship
The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, an AHRI Charitable Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to offer multiple one-time, merit-based $2,500 scholarships to SkillsUSA members. The scholarship is intended to provide post-secondary tuition support for students pursuing post-secondary education/training in HVACR.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

To apply for the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation SkillsUSA Scholarship, applicants:

  • Must be a SkillsUSA member.
  • Must be a current high school junior, high school senior, or college/post-secondary student.
  • Must be currently enrolled in an HVACR or General Construction program
  • Must be planning to study HVACR at the college/postsecondary level in the 2022-2023 academic year (or if the applicant is a high school junior, the 2023-2024 academic year).
  • Must submit a letter of recommendation from their HVACR instructor
  • Must submit a current resume with their application.
  • Must submit a self-written essay (400-500 words) answering the question, “Why do you want to pursue a career in the HVAC Industry?”

Selection of recipients will be based on the applicant’s proficiency of the SkillsUSA Framework skills demonstrated throughout the application, essay, resume, and recommendation letter.

Recipients of the scholarship must submit their 1st semester tuition invoice from their postsecondary education program to receive scholarship funds. Scholarship funds will be distributed directly to the postsecondary institution and applied to the recipient’s tuition account.

The deadline to apply is May 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Apply online today.

Fieldpiece #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship

As a leader of HVACR innovations for more than 30 years, Fieldpiece Instruments is dedicated to the industry and to HVACR pros in the making like YOU!

Fieldpiece Instruments, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to offer ten one-time $2,500 scholarships to current SkillsUSA members who are enrolled as a high school junior, senior or college / postsecondary student.

The Fieldpiece #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship was developed to support the next generation of industry professionals on their journeys toward mastering the awesome HVACR trade. The program is intended to provide tuition support in the 2022-2023 or 2023-2024 academic year.

Applications must be submitted via the online form to the national office of SkillsUSA for review and determination by 11:59 p.m. ET March 1, 2022. Scholarship recipients will be notified on May 15, 2022.

Requirements:

To apply for the #MasteroftheTrade Fieldpiece / SkillsUSA Scholarship, applicants:

  • Must be a member of SkillsUSA. **If you are not a current member of SkillsUSA, you can gain membership through your school to sign up for the scholarship. Learn more at: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/students/.
  • Must be a current junior or senior in high school or a college/post-secondary student.
  • Must submit a resume with their application.
  • Must submit a video (1-3 minutes in length) answering the question: “Why have you chosen a career in HVACR?” or an essay (300 words or fewer) answering the same question.
  • A letter of recommendation from your SkillsUSA Advisor or a School Administrator (optional).

The award will be based upon:

  • The merit of the content answering the essay question above.
  • Proficiency of the SkillsUSA Framework skills demonstrated throughout the application, résumé and optional recommendation letter.

Awardees of the scholarship must submit their 1st semester tuition invoice from their postsecondary education program to receive scholarship funds. Funds will be distributed directly to the postsecondary institution and applied to the student’s account.

Apply online today.

Fine Homebuilding #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship: Open February 1 to May 31

SkillsUSA, in partnership with Fine Homebuilding Magazine, announces a scholarship initiative. The #KeepCraftAliveScholarship will open Feb. 1.

Fine Homebuilding will be awarding scholarships to SkillsUSA high school or college/postsecondary students continuing their education or certification programs in construction-related fields, such as architectural drafting, carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical and residential wiring, HVACR, masonry, woodworking and plumbing.

In the spirit of the #KeepCraftAlive movement, applicants should celebrate the value and meaning of true craftsmanship in their trades and plan to continue their educations in community colleges, undergraduate programs or industry certification curricula.

Selections will be based on completion of an application, along with a 300-word essay showing applicants’ passion for their craft and a letter of support from a teacher, administrator, SkillsUSA advisor or educational/professional mentor.

Application deadline is May 30 at midnight EDTApply online today.

Larry Rash Scholarship: Open April 1 to May 31

About Larry Rash
Larry Rash grew up building with Legos in grade school. As a young adult, he studied drafting and architecture at D. Russell Lee Vocational School near Cincinnati, Ohio, where he also had a co-op position at Steed, Hammond and Paul Architects. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati in 1982 and gained his registration from the State of Wisconsin in 1996. Larry worked for Ryland Homes for over 20 years. In 2010, Larry joined Davis Bews Design Group (DBDG) in Tampa, Florida. Around the office at DBDG, Larry provided QA reviews of every plan before it left the office, researched building codes, and provided quality feedback to drafters so that they understood the “why” behind specific building requirements and regulations. Larry also regularly attended local builder association meetings and kept staff and clients up to date on changes and trends in the industry.

Larry enjoyed being challenged and one of his favorite hobbies included visiting and photographing architectural sites in his spare time. His life passion was designing homes where families could live out their dreams. We know that he would be honored to sponsor young individuals pursuing careers in architecture.

About the Larry Rash Memorial Scholarship:
In partnership with SkillsUSA, the Larry Rash Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide a $2,500 scholarship award to the SkillsUSA national high school gold medalist in Architectural Drafting and a second $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates their commitment to a career in Architectural Drafting via an online application, as determined by SkillsUSA.

If either scholarship recipient will still be enrolled in high school the fall after being awarded the scholarship, SkillsUSA will keep the funds restricted for use until the fall after the student’s high school graduation.

The application open date is April 1, 2022. Applications must be submitted via the online form to the national office of SkillsUSA by the deadline May 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

About the Larry Rash Memorial Scholarship application:
To apply for the Larry Rash Memorial Scholarship, applicants:

  • Must be a member of SkillsUSA.
  • Be a current high school junior, senior, or college post-secondary student.

Must have completed or be currently enrolled in an architecture or drafting program.

  • Must be planning to continue the study of architecture (or a related field) at the post-secondary level in the 2022-2023 academic year. (If applicant is a current high school junior, the 2023-2024 academic year.)
  • Must complete an online scholarship application that includes:
    • Resume
    • Letter of Recommendation from Architectural Drafting instructor
    • An Essay (500 words or less) answering, “Why do you want to pursue a career in Architectural Drafting?”
    • Permission to share information with the family of the scholarship sponsor

The deadline to apply is May 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Apply online here.

Marsha Daves Scholarship
M.DavesApplication deadline is February 1

During Marsha Daves’ SkillsUSA career she filled many roles, including: first recipient of the Marsha Daves Lifetime Achievement Award, SkillsUSA Board of Director member, Chair of the State of Oklahoma Director’s Association, recipient of the Honorary Life Award, and her final role as Director of Education and Training with the national SkillsUSA staff. To the students and colleagues that were able to work with Marsha, her role was truly an educator, advisor, and mentor.

SkillsUSA is pleased to be offering one annual merit-based $1,500 scholarship for college/postsecondary education to a state officer in memory of the legacy left by our champion Marsha Daves. The scholarship will recognize how SkillsUSA student leaders are empowered by the skills they have gained through their association with SkillsUSA to fulfill the mission of becoming world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

The Marsha Daves’ scholarship will be open to current SkillsUSA state officers in ALL regions who are high school seniors or non-senior college/postsecondary students.

Scholarship applicants will need to fill out the information sheet below and submit a video application. The video should reflect the leadership qualities the student has gained from a SkillsUSA mentor (their advisor, state director, etc.) and how they have used those skills to be a leader in SkillsUSA, other organizations, their community, and/or the workplace. The videos will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Acknowledgement of a SkillsUSA mentor’s impact on their lives.
  2. Specific leadership-level skills they have gained:
    • Personal: Integrity, Work Ethic, Professionalism, Responsibility, Adaptability/Flexibility, Self-Motivation.
    • Workplace: Communication, Decision Making, Teamwork, Multicultural Sensitivity and Awareness, Planning, Organizing and Management.
  3. Examples of situations in which they have put their leadership skills to use during their time as a state officer and the how they used those opportunities to “pay it forward.”
  4. Composition of their video including professionalism and creativity.
  5. Upon being awarded the scholarship, confirmation the applicant is attending a college/postsecondary school during next school year will be required.

Videos are limited to one to two minutes in length. Creative editing is encouraged, and a professional presentation is expected.

A judging committee will review the nominations and announce the selected winner. An award check for $1,500 will be made payable directly to the college/postsecondary school. The state director’s office will be notified by February 10th in order to present and recognize the student during their State Leadership and Skills Conference.

All video applications must be submitted after the applicant’s information sheet with their state director’s signature of nomination and a letter of recommendation from their SkillsUSA mentor, such as an instructor, advisor or state association director. Applications must be received by February 1. If you have questions, please contact Megan Flinn at mflinn@skillsusa.org.

Download the scholarship disclosure form. This is required for your application.

Apply online today.

Harbor Freight Schools for Tools NLSC Scholarship: March 21 to May 20

SkillsUSA is proud to announce, in partnership with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, a scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA high school members. Eligible members can apply to receive up to $1,500 to assist in attending the 2022 National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Applications will be accepted from March 21 – May 20, 2022. Recipients will be announced May 25, 2022.

Scholarship Eligibility:

Awards from the fund will be open to students who are:

  • Members of SkillsUSA chapters at public high schools in the United States.
  • Eligible to compete on behalf of their state in the SkillsUSA 2022 NLSC.
  • Registered to compete in the following contests at the 2022 NLSC.
    • Additive Manufacturing
    • Automated Manufacturing Technology
    • Automotive Refinishing Technology
    • Automotive Service Technology
    • Aviation Maintenance Technology
    • Cabinetmaking
    • Carpentry
    • CNC Milling Technology
    • CNC Technician
    • CNC Turning Technology
    • Collision Repair Technology
    • Diesel Equipment Technology
    • Electrical Construction Wiring
    • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
    • Industrial Motor Control
    • Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology
    • Marine Service Technology
    • Masonry
    • Mechatronics
    • MLR (Maintenance Light Repair) (Technology demo)
    • Motorcycle Service Technology
    • Plumbing
    • Power Equipment Technology
    • Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance
    • Sheet Metal
    • TeamWorks
    • Welding
    • Welding Fabrication
    • Welding Sculpture

Students eligible to compete at the 2022 NLSC in the following contests may receive scholarships from the fund, provided they were enrolled in one of the technical areas in the list above during the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Action Skills
  • American Spirit
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Natural Resources and Agriculture
  • Chapter Business Procedure
  • Chapter Display
  • Community Action Project
  • Community Service
  • Customer Service
  • Employment Application Process
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Job Interview
  • Job Skill Demonstration A
  • Job Skill Demonstration Open
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Outstanding Chapter
  • Prepared Speech
  • Principals of Technology
  • Promotional Bulletin Board
  • Quiz Bowl

Application Process:

This online application is intended to be completed and submitted by eligible student-applicants. The online application will be open for submissions from eligible members from March 21 until 11:59 PM EST May 20, 2022. All applicants must complete the electronic application.

Upon the completion of the application period, applications will be evaluated based on the following general criteria:

  • Student’s commitment to the values exhibited in the SkillsUSA creed
  • Strong support from student’s SkillsUSA advisor
  • Student’s commitment to improving his or her community, and to supporting his or her fellow students
  • Demonstration of significant financial need

Scholarship Regulations:

  • No recipient shall receive more than $1,500.00 in the aggregate
  • If applicant receives the scholarship funds, they agree to:
    • Use funds for reasonable and appropriate costs of travel to and from, lodging for and the cost of registration for the 2022 NLSC, as described in this application.
    • Fully execute any photography and videography waivers provided by SkillsUSA or Harbor Freight Tools for Schools.
    • If applicable, meet with representatives of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools at the 2022 NLSC.

Selections will be based on:

  • Eligibility of the member, as defined above
  • Completion of this application

Apply Online.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Scholarship

SkillsUSA in partnership with the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) will award four $1,000 scholarships to SkillsUSA members who are also members of NTHS. Two will go to college/postsecondary winners and two will go to high school division winners. Awards will be paid directly to the student’s college or post-secondary institution and applied to the student’s tuition account. Recipients may only receive one NTHS/SkillsUSA scholarship per lifetime. Applications open for submissions on January 1, 2022. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Apply here.

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Download the scholarship disclosure formThis is required for your application.

Robert Flint Leadership Award

The elected national high-school and college/postsecondary SkillsUSA student presidents are awarded $1,000 leadership scholarships at the completion of their term.

Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship

High School Seniors Only

The  Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund, SkillsUSA and the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Alumni Association are offering two high school seniors who are members of SkillsUSA a one-time $1,000 scholarship to support the continuance of their education in college or technical school. A Judging Committee comprised of Catherine Melton and National SkillsUSA staff will review the nominations and select the national winner.

Sharon Ruth Melton Myers was an active member of the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Chapter from 1985 through 1988. During this 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. She also participated in the Chapter's Opening and Closing Team in 1986-88. Following graduation from McMinn High in 1988, Sharon continued as a tireless supporter of SkillsUSA, serving as a National Officer Trainer for several years. She was integral in establishing a Tennessee SkillsUSA Alumni Charter and Constitution while attending David Lipscomb College in Nashville. Sharon was dedicated to the ideals of SkillsUSA and its mission.

Applications must be submitted via the online form to the national office of SkillsUSA for review and determination by April 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Requirements

  1. Must be a high school senior planning to attend a college or postsecondary institution in the 2022-2023 academic year.
  2. Must be a current member of SkillsUSA.
  3. Must submit all materials requested in the online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The letter of recommendation letter must have a handwritten (not typed/digital) signature.

The award will be based on

  1. Letters of recommendation from a SkillsUSA advisor or school administrator.
  2. Student merit as demonstrated by student essay, resume, academic transcript, and other materials.

The scholarship funds will be dispersed directly to the student’s college/postsecondary institution to be applied to the student’s tuition account. To accept the award, student recipients must promptly submit the online Scholarship Acceptance Form that includes a tuition bill or acceptance letter from the college/postsecondary institution.

Online Application will open here on Jan. 1, 2022.

The Student Research Foundation Community Contribution Scholarship

The Student Research Foundation (SRF), in partnership with SkillsUSA, is excited and proud to offer a scholarship to a SkillsUSA member who is currently enrolled in high school and who plans to continue their education in a post-secondary institution or program (career and technical college or training program, community college, four year college or university, etc.).

The scholarship will recognize outstanding Community Contribution (see details below) and is intended to provide support during the student’s first year of post-secondary enrollment in any field of study. The award can range from $1,500 to $7,000. At least one scholarship will be awarded to a SkillsUSA high school member each year subject to the requirements below.

Applications must be submitted via the online form on the Student Research Foundation scholarship web page by July 26, 2023 for review and determination. Finalists/Winners will be announced on or around November 20, 2023.

Requirements:

To apply for the Student Research Foundation Community Contribution Scholarship, applicants:

  • Must be a SkillsUSA high school (junior or senior) member during the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Must be planning to study in a post-secondary program or institution after graduation.
  • Must complete the application form on the Student Research Foundation scholarship page and agree to all the rules and regulations of the program.
  • Must be willing to provide any follow-up information and verification to Student Research Foundation staff as needed.

The award will be based upon:

  • The merit of the content of an essay describing a need or a problem in your community and how you determined a way to address the issue. Make sure to tell us how you implemented your plan to make change happen within your community—your “Community Contribution!”  You will also need to complete a quick application form with some basic contact information.
  • A review of any supporting information requested by SRF about your project, or SkillsUSA membership, to validate any details.

Once enrolled in their post-secondary education, the awardee of this scholarship must validate their enrollment by providing the institution name and bursar’s office postal mailing address to SRF, as well as any student identification needed to link the awardee to the scholarship funds. Funds will be distributed directly to the postsecondary institution by check via postal mail, to be credited to the student’s account.

Thank you for your interest in this scholarship opportunity and good luck! Please contact mflinn@skillsusa.org for more information.

Apply online at: www.studentresearchfoundation.org/srf-community-contribution-scholarship/.

Other Financial Aid Information

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.

Use this site to submit a free application for federal student aid: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Information about your student aid report: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/next-steps/student-aid-report.

Financial aid toolkit: https://financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/resources.

This site is administered by the U.S. Department of Education. You do not need to pay ever to file a FAFSA.

Army ROTC Scholarships

Several different scholarships are available through Army ROTC. Download the Guide to the Army ROTC Scholarship Process.

Apply for Army ROTC scholarships: www.goarmy.com/rotc/scholarships.html

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation honors Marines by educating their children. Our scholarship programs cover a full range of certificate and degree programs including CTE.  These scholarships are available for sons and daughters of U.S. Marines and Navy Corpsmen, enrolled in CTE programs nationwide. Applications are open year-round. Check your eligibility and apply today.