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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

Lowe's – SkillsUSA Technical Classroom or Lab Enhancements or Community Service Grant Program

Lowe’s announces $250,000 in grants for SkillsUSA chapters!

Do you need to upgrade your tools or equipment? Do you need additional materials and supplies for your students this year? Do your students have a great community service project that they would like to conduct but you need equipment, materials and supplies to launch?

Apply today for a Lowe’s grant for up to $15,000. All funds must be spent at Lowe’s. The grant is designed to upgrade a classroom or lab with new equipment or materials and supplies for a community service project.

Timeline for the grant cycle:

  • Application must be submitted by November 1, 2021.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by December 3, 2021.
  • Projects or upgrades must be completed by September 15, 2022.

Simple reporting requirements include a three-minute video by the students and instructors that share the impact of the grant. Additionally, post three social media shout outs and a news release to your campus website or the local newspaper. The posts and news releases will be provided. Successful applicants will also supply a short summary stating quantifiable impact data of the project or upgrade.

Apply here today!

If you have questions about the grant program, please reach out to Laura Rauch at lrauch@skillsusa.org.

SkillsUSA Hope Fund: Natural Disaster Relief

Through the SkillsUSA Hope Fund, grants of up to $1,000 per chapter are available to assist SkillsUSA chapters that have experienced loss due to a natural disaster. Applications will be considered based on need and the availability of funding. For funding consideration, please complete the application.

Student Scholarships and Grants

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!

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.

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

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 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).  The scholarship 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, 2022 for review and determination. Scholarship recipients will be notified by November 20, 2022.

Requirements:

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

  • Must be a SkillsUSA high school (junior or senior) member during the 2021-2022 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.