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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.

Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship

Sponsored by:

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). Scholarships will be awarded annually over five years to provide tuition support. The first year of the program is the 2021-2022 school year.

Applications must be submitted via the online form to the national office of SkillsUSA for review and determination by midnight June 1. Scholarship recipients will be notified by July 1.

Requirements:

To apply for the Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship applicants:

  1. Must be currently enrolled in a construction program.
  2. Must be planning to study construction in the school year 2021/2022, 2022/2023.
  3. Must submit a letter of recommendation from their teacher, instructor, or professor.
  4. Must submit a current resume with the application.

The award will be based on:

  1. The merit of the content answering the question in a 400-500 essay “Why do you want to pursue a career in the energy construction industry and it’s role in preserving USA’s energy independence?”
  2. Proficiency of skills demonstrated throughout the application, resume, and recommendation letter.

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.

Apply online today!

Carpentry and TeamWorks Competition Support Grant

SkillsUSA is proud to announce, in partnership with the Carpentry and TeamWorks National Technical Committees, a grant opportunity for SkillsUSA members. Great efforts have been taken so that materials and supplies are provided by the National Technical Committee.

SkillsUSA chapters or school districts are eligible on behalf of students to receive a grant to offset costs associated with purchasing materials and supplies to be able to participate in the 2021 virtual National Leadership and Skills Conference Carpentry competition ($500) and TeamWorks competition ($1,500).  Forms must be completed between April 16 – May 14, 2021 to be eligible to receive support. Support will be confirmed by May 21, 2021. Refer to the Grant Application for full details including eligibility.

Complete the form online for the Support Grant at https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/carpentry-and-teamworks-competition-support-grant/.

Grant Application

Eligibility:

Awards from the fund will be open to the SkillsUSA chapter or school district on behalf of the students who are:

  1. members of a SkillsUSA chapter.
  2. eligible to compete on behalf of their state in the NLSC 2021 Carpentry or TeamWorks Championships.

 Application Process:               

  • The form will be open for submissions from eligible members from April 16 until May 14, 2021.
  • The SkillsUSA Chapter advisor will complete the application on behalf of students. May submit one application that includes both the Carpentry and TeamWorks grants.
  • Complete an ACH form on behalf of the SkillsUSA chapter or school district (this link is also available within the Grant Application). Download the form here.
  • All applications must be received via the electronic submission.
  • Upon the completion of the application period, applications will be evaluated based on the following general criteria:
    • Certification Statements – Advisor will be asked to certify, by checking a box, that
      • Student(s) are eligible to compete in the selected competitions. Guidance will be provided to ensure that students abide by and follow all safety procedures while participating.
  • If applicant receives the grant funds, they agree to:
    • Use funds to purchase materials and supplies for the 2021 virtual NLSC in the career competitions listed on the application, as described in this application.

Selections will be based on:

  • Eligibility of the member, as defined above.
  • Completion of this application.
Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation SkillsUSA Scholarship

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, an AHRI Charitable Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to offer eight one-time, merit based $2,500 scholarships to SkillsUSA members who are currently enrolled as a high school junior, senior or college/postsecondary student in a HVACR or a general construction program and who will be pursuing college/postsecondary career training in the HVACR industry. The scholarship is intended to provide tuition support in the 2020/2021 or 2021/2022 school 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 Aug. 15. Scholarship recipients will be notified on September 1.

Requirements:

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

  • Must be a SkillsUSA member
  • Must be must be currently enrolled in an HVACR or General Construction program
  • Must be planning to study HVACR at the college/postsecondary level in the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school year
  • Must submit a letter of recommendation from their HVACR instructor
  • Must submit a current resume with their application

The award will be based upon:

  • The merit of the content answering the essay questions “Why did you want to pursue a career in the HVAC industry?” (400 – 500 words).
  • Proficiency of the SkillsUSA Framework skills demonstrated throughout the application, resume, and 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.

Apply online today.

FineHomebuilding and SkillsUSA #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship

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

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.

The Larry Rash Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to support students who plan to further their education in architecture (or a related field). In partnership with SkillsUSA, the Larry Rash Memorial Scholarship Fund will award two $2,500 scholarships in 2021 and forthcoming years. Both scholarships can be applied to any college, university, or post-secondary program in architecture (or a related field).

One scholarship will be awarded to the SkillsUSA national high school gold medalist in Architectural Drafting. The second 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, 2021. Applications must be submitted via the online form to the national office of SkillsUSA by the deadline date of June 1 (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.

2021 Recipient

The recipient for this year's Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship is Leanna Nicholson! Leanna is a SkillsUSA member in the computer engineering program at Mercer County Technical Education Center in WV

NLSC Career Competition Grant (Provided by Harbor Freight Tools for Schools and the Hope Fund)

SkillsUSA is proud to announce, in partnership with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools and the Hope Fund, a grant opportunity for SkillsUSA members. The Hope Fund was created to support members and chapters in need during times of hardship including natural disaster, financial challenges and most recently economic challenges resulting from the pandemic. The National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) Championships will be conducted in a localized, virtual setting. In most instances, schools or local business will be hosting the competitor. Great efforts have been taken so that materials and supplies are provided by the National Technical Committee. When that is not possible, the local school district and/or local businesses are asked to support the competitor by providing the items. SkillsUSA recognizes that school districts may be experiencing hardships during the pandemic, therefore financial resources have been made available for competitors to receive financial support for competition supplies through the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools and the Hope Fund.

SkillsUSA chapters or school districts can apply on behalf of eligible members to receive a grant to offset costs associated with purchasing materials and supplies to be able to participate in the 2021 virtual National Leadership and Skills Conference. Applications will be accepted from April 16 – May 14, 2021. Recipients will be announced June 1, 2021. Refer to the Grant Application for full details including eligibility.

NOTE: Prior to applying for the grant, please review this document to determine if the student competitor will need supplies and materials for the virtual NLSC competition (in many instances there are no additional purchases needed or the National Technical Committee is supplying the materials and/or cost of the materials separately from this grant).

Apply online for the NLSC Career Competition Support Grant at https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/nlsc-career-competition-support-grant/. 

Grant Application

Eligibility:

Awards from the fund will be open to the SkillsUSA chapter or school district on behalf of the students who are:

  1. members of a SkillsUSA chapter.
  2. eligible to compete on behalf of their state in the NLSC 2021 Championships. 

Application Process:               

  • The grant application will be open for submissions from eligible members from April 16 until May 14, 2021.
  • The SkillsUSA Chapter advisor will complete the application on behalf of students. May submit up to five students on one application. Complete a second grant application if submitting for more than five students.
  • All applications must be received via the electronic submission.
  • Upon the completion of the application period, applications will be evaluated based on the following general criteria:
    • Administrator Statement of Need on behalf of students and chapter. Prior to beginning the electronic application, collect a statement of need that is prepared by the administrator. You will be asked to upload this statement when completing the application.
    • Advisor Statement of Student Commitment and Eligibility. Prepare a statement outlining why the students deserve the grant including their work ethic and what they have accomplished to compete.  Describe financial need.
    • Certification Statements – Advisor will be asked to certify, by checking a box, that
      • Students are competing in the selected competitions.
      • Funds received will only be used to purchase supplies for the competition and will not be used in any way for the CTE program.
      • Guidance will be provided to ensure that students abide by and follow all safety procedures while participating.
  • If applicant receives the grant funds, they agree to:
    • Use funds to purchase materials and supplies for the 2021 virtual NLSC in the career competitions listed on the application, as described in this application.
    • Complete an ACH form on behalf of the SkillsUSA chapter or school district.

Selections will be based on:

  • Eligibility of the member, as defined above.
  • Completion of this application.
  • Complete an evaluation reflecting on virtual NLSC and their experience including a photo of themselves participating in the event.
  • Fully execute any photography and videography waivers provided by SkillsUSA or Harbor Freight Tools for Schools.
  • To the extent possible, meet with representatives of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools during the 2021 virtual NLSC.

Disclaimer: Due to the volume of potential applications, SkillsUSA may not be able to fulfill all applications submitted.

In the event that your application is selected to receive the grant funds, it would help us expedite  the delivery of the funds by completing the ACH form along with submission of your grant application. Complete an ACH form on behalf of the SkillsUSA chapter or school district. Download it here.

NLSC Registration Scholarship (Provided by Harbor Freight Tools for Schools and the Hope Fund)

SkillsUSA is proud to announce, in partnership with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools and the Hope Fund, a scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members. Eligible members can apply to receive $95 scholarship to offset the registration fees for the 2021 virtual National Leadership and Skills Conference. Applications will be accepted from April 16 – May 14, 2021. Recipients will be announced June 1, 2021. Refer to Scholarship Application for full details including eligibility. Apply online at https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/nlsc-registration-scholarship/. 

Scholarship Application

Eligibility:

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

  1. members of a SkillsUSA chapter
  2. eligible to represent their state in the SkillsUSA 2021 NLSC as either
    1. Contestant: All students competing in a contest. This includes interview contestants for American Spirit, Chapter Display, Promotional Bulletin Board, Occupational Health and Safety and Outstanding Chapter.
    2. Advisor: Teachers of participating students.
    3. Participant: State officers/delegates 

Application Process:

  • The scholarship application will be open for submissions from eligible members from April 16 until May 14, 2021.
  • The SkillsUSA Chapter advisor will complete the application on behalf of students. May submit up to five students and/or adults on one application. Complete a second scholarship application if submitting for more than five individuals.
  • All applications must be received via the electronic application.
  • Upon the completion of the application period, applications will be evaluated based on the following general criteria:
    • Administrator Statement of Need on behalf of students and chapter. Prior to beginning the electronic application, collect a statement of need that is prepared by the administrator. You will be asked to upload this statement when completing the application.
    • Advisor Statement of Student Commitment and Eligibility. Prepare a statement outlining why the students deserve the scholarship including their work ethic and what they have accomplished to compete and/or serve in the capacity to represent the chapter and state during NLSC. Describe financial need. If advisor is applying for scholarship, state need for support.
  • If applicant receives the scholarship funds, they agree to:
      • Use funds for registration for the 2021 virtual NLSC, as described in this application.
      • Complete an ACH form on behalf of school chapter.
      • Complete an evaluation reflecting on virtual NLSC and their experience including a photo of themselves participating in the event.
      • Fully execute any photography and videography waivers provided by SkillsUSA or Harbor Freight Tools for Schools.
      • To the extent possible, meet with representatives of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools during the 2021 virtual NLSC.

Selections will be based on:

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

Disclaimer: Due to the volume of potential applications, may not be able to fulfill all needs.

In the event that your application is selected to receive the scholarship funds, it would help us expedite  the delivery of the funds by completing the ACH form along with submission of your scholarship application. Complete an ACH form on behalf of the SkillsUSA chapter or school district. Download it here.

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.

The SkillsUSA Robert L. Flint WLTI Scholarship

The SkillsUSA Student Leadership Development Scholarship was established in 2007 with financial support from Robert L. Flint, former Caterpillar executive and SkillsUSA board president (1998-99). The scholarship provides financial support for a total of four students who are recognized for having strong leadership potential and who would greatly benefit from national leadership training but do not have the sufficient resources to participate in the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI).

State SkillsUSA directors should solicit the lead chapter advisor for nominations, and then choose one nominee’s application to submit to the SkillsUSA headquarters. Once nomination applications are received, a panel of SkillsUSA staff and leadership trainers will evaluate the applications and select the top candidates. Each WLTI scholarship is for $800 and is provided to cover WLTI registration, lodging (four nights, double room), all meals, $50 spending money, and bus transportation to all conference activities.

The extended deadline for applications is midnight ET on August 13, 2021. Only state SkillsUSA directors may submit applications for scholarship candidates.  Contact your state director if you'd like to be considered for this 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.