Scholarships and Financial Aid

SkillsUSA-related Scholarships

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

Fine Homebuilding and SkillsUSA #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship

SkillsUSA, in partnership with Fine Homebuilding Magazine, announces a scholarship initiative now in its second year.  In 2018, Fine Homebuilding will be awarding a minimum of twelve $2,500 scholarship awards to SkillsUSA high school or college/postsecondary students continuing their education or certification programs in  construction-related fields. 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.

Fine Homebuilding will award a minimum of twelve $2,500  scholarships to students in fields such as architectural drafting, carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical and residential wiring, HVACR, masonry, woodworking and plumbing for the 2018-19 academic year.

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.

For more information about the #KeepCraftAlive initiative, visit: www.keepcraftalive.org.

The deadline for applications is May 1. If you have questions, contact Marcia Strickland at  mstrickland@skillsusa.org.

Fill out the application online.

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation Travel Scholarship

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who have competed and placed first in their state association competition. Get the full details.

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. 

This will be a rotating scholarship open to one region per year. For the 2017-18 school year, this scholarship is only open to applicants from Region 1: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

Horatio Alger CTE Scholarship Program

High-school graduates who are currently or soon pursuing postsecondary CTE studies may be eligible for up to $2,500 through a new career and technical education scholarship program. By completing a simple 45-minute application, they will be considered for one of 510 scholarships being awarded in 2016. For more information or to apply, visit: http://tinyurl.com/gmwm171

If you have any questions or would like more information about the scholarships or the Horatio Alger Association, email Kristen Law at klaw@horatioalger.org or call 703-684-9444.

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

SkillsUSA is proud to offer the SkillsUSA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) scholarship program. There are multiple awards offered at $1,000 each.

The 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.

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.

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

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.