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.

The Hope Fund application is to be submitted by a SkillsUSA state director or advisor.

Apply online today.

Student College/Postsecondary Tuition Scholarships

SkillsUSA members are encouraged to apply for annual college/post-secondary scholarships as a SkillsUSA member benefit. College/post-secondary tuition scholarship award funds are remitted directly to the student’s chosen post-secondary institution and are not dispersed to the student. Check out this helpful guide to submitting a quality scholarship application!

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must:

  • Be registered, active SkillsUSA members.
  • Include within the application: a resume, letter of recommendation from an advisor, instructor, or state director, and proof of SkillsUSA membership. (Advisors can provide proof of membership upon request.) Additionally, most scholarships have an essay component.
  • Meet scholarship-specific criteria, as outlined in the chart below.
  • Must plan on enrolling in a college postsecondary program in the 2023-24 academic year, or if the student is a high school junior or younger, the academic term after high school graduation.


NEW! SkillsUSA Master Scholarship Application: OPEN DEC. 1 to April 1, 2023

In 2022-23, students can apply for most scholarships via a single online application. Between December 1 and April 1, apply for the scholarships listed below via the SkillsUSA Master Scholarship Application. Apply here!

The Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

M.DavesMust be a SkillsUSA state officer and high school senior OR college/postsecondary student to apply.

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.

Apply online today.

You can also donate to the Marsha Daves Scholarship Fund to help fund this scholarship for future recipients.

The American Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Clifford “Ted” Rees Memorial  Scholarship ($2,500)

Must be a current HVAC student planning to continue study at the college/post-secondary level. Must be an 11th or 12th grade high school student OR college/postsecondary student to apply.

Apply online today.

Fieldpiece #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship ($2,500)

Fieldpiece Instruments, a leader in tool and test instruments for HVACR professionals for over 30 years, is partnering up with SkillsUSA for the second annual #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship.

Fieldpiece will present $25,000 in scholarships to give back to the industry it serves through two separate opportunities:

  1. $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded as seven (7) one-time, $2,500 scholarship awards to SkillsUSA students currently enrolled in an HVACR program who intend to pursue a career in HVACR technology. Opportunities to submit entries for this scholarship will be open through April 1, 2023. Winners will be announced on May 16, 2023.
  2. $10,000 in scholarships will also be awarded as a one-time award during the National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) to HVAC medalists as follows:High School
    • $2,500 – Gold
    • $1,500 – Silver
    • $1,000 - Bronze


    • $2,500 – Gold
    • $1,500 – Silver
    • $1,000 - Bronze

Apply online here.

About Fieldpiece Instruments: Fieldpiece Instruments is an innovative technology company focused on helping industry professionals do their jobs easier, faster and better around the globe. It delivers on this promise through industry-leading devices with the broadest range of professional-grade tools and technology inspired by real-world application and field use. Fieldpiece is focused on serving the HVACR industry exclusively, enabling HVACR professionals to become Masters of the Trade. For more information, please visit www.fieldpiece.com, and be sure to follow Fieldpiece on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and LinkedIn.

The Fine Homebuilding #KeepCraftAlive ($2,500)

Must be a student in a homebuilding-related pathway (such as plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, electrical, etc.) and planning to continue study at the college/postsecondary level. Must be a grade 11 or 12 high school student OR college/postsecondary student to apply.

Apply online today.

The Larry Rash Memorial Scholarship ($2,500)

Must be a student enrolled in an architectural drafting program and planning to continue study at the college/postsecondary level. Must be an 11th or 12th grade high school student.

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.

Apply online here.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Scholarship ($1,000)

Must be a member of both SkillsUSA and NTHS. Must be a current high school or college student (any grade/year). Applicants from all CTE pathways are encouraged to apply.

Apply here.

Start a new NTHS Chapter.
Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship (various award amounts)

Sponsored by:

Must be a student in an energy construction pathway and planning to continue study at the college/post-secondary level. Must be an 11th or 12th grade high school student OR college/post-secondary student to apply.

Apply online today!

SkillsUSA Event Scholarships

Leverage/Activate Scholarship: Robert L. Flint Foundation

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for top students who have insufficient chapter, school or community resources to participate in Leverage, a national level SkillsUSA leadership training.

Only SkillsUSA state association directors may submit applications for scholarship candidates to attend Leverage. Each state association, including both high school and college/postsecondary associations in applicable states, may submit an application for each state officer on their team. Once nomination applications are received at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center, a panel of SkillsUSA staff and leadership trainers will evaluate the applications and select recipients.

This scholarship is made possible due to a generous contribution from Robert L. Flint, a former Caterpillar executive and longtime supporter of SkillsUSA.

Four $1,300 scholarships will be given in 2023. The deadline to apply is midnight ET on May 5, 2023.

Apply online!

2023 NLSC Travel Scholarship: Harbor Freight Tools for Schools

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SkillsUSA is proud to announce, in partnership with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, a scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA high school members in the construction pathways competing at the 2023 National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in specific construction or leadership contests.

Eligible members can apply to receive up to $1,500 to assist in attending the 2023 NLSC. Scholarship funds are remitted directly to recipients’ SkillsUSA State Association to then be distributed by the State Association to the recipients’ SkillsUSA chapters. Recipients of scholarship funds must agree to use the funds for reasonable and appropriate costs of travel to and from, lodging for and the cost of registration for the 2023 NLSC, as described in the online application. Applications will be accepted from March 15 – May 22, 2023. Recipients will be announced May 25, 2023.

Apply here, beginning March 15, 2023.

WLTI Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for top students who have insufficient chapter, school or community resources to attend SkillsUSA’s Washington Leadership and Training Institute (WLTI). This scholarship is made possible due to a generous contribution from Robert L. Flint, a former Caterpillar executive and longtime supporter of SkillsUSA.

Acceptance is based on student’s résumé, description of their school, community, church and family involvement, and a 300-word essay. Submitted attachments must be error-free and complete. Four awards of $800 each will be distributed to applicants in 2023. The deadline is 11:59 PM ET on August 15, 2023.

Apply here.

Additional Scholarships

Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Must be a current high school senior. Applicants from all CTE pathways are encouraged to apply. Apply here between January 1 and April 1, 2023.

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.

Online Application will open here on Jan. 1.

The Student Research Foundation Scholarship (Awards from $1,500 to $7,000)

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 postsecondary 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 postsecondary 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.


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 postsecondary 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.

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.