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.

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 midnight EDT Aug. 14. Scholarship recipients will be notified on September 1.


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.

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.

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 29 at midnight EDTApply online today.

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation Competitor Scholarship


The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to offer a $1,000 scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who have competed and placed first in their state association competition.

The scholarship is to provide support for SkillsUSA state contest winners who have insufficient personal, chapter, school or community resources to participate at the 2020 National SkillsUSA Championships. Scholarships will be awarded, based on need, to offset the costs of travel and participation in the National SkillsUSA Championships.

The award is based on a student-written, one-page narrative describing the student’s financial need for the scholarship including the lack of school or community resources. Preference will be given to applicants from program areas of manufacturing and industrial applications, construction, technical computer applications, firefighting, electronics and transportation.

This year’s scholarships will focus on high-school and college/postsecondary students working primarily toward careers in automotive technology, aviation technology, carpentry, commercial driving, construction, diesel technology, electrical technology, farming and agriculture, fire science and technology, heavy equipment operation, HVAC, machinery, manufacturing, marine technology, pipefitting, plumbing and welding, and other program areas where a skills gap exists; a written application that includes financial need and SkillsUSA involvement. Applicants must also provide a recommendation from a SkillsUSA member instructor or state association director.

The student may be nominated with a letter of recommendation written by their advisor, or state director. Applications must be submitted via the online form to the national office of SkillsUSA for review and determination by midnight EDT May 15. Recipients will be informed on June 1.


To apply for the mikeroweWORKS Foundation Travel Scholarship, applicants:

  • Must be a gold medal winner at their 2020 state competition, advancing to national competition
  • Have never attended the National Leadership and Skills Conference prior to this year
  • Be a SkillsUSA member in good standing
  • Must reasonably demonstrate financial need for scholarship.
  • Must submit application and attachments via online submission no later than May 15 at midnight, EDT.
  • Preference will be given to applicants from program areas of manufacturing and industrial applications, construction, technical computer applications, firefighting, electronics and transportation.

Apply online now.

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 Memorial Scholarship is open to current SkillsUSA state officers who will be attending a college/postsecondary school in the next year.

This will be a rotating scholarship open to one region per year.  For the 2019-20 school year, this scholarship is only open to applicants from Region 3: Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

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 10 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 Marcia Strickland at  mstrickland@skillsusa.org.

Apply online today.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Scholarship
Scholarship deadline: April 1.

SkillsUSA Partners with National Technical Honor Society to Promote Student Achievement by Awarding Four $1,000 Scholarships

SkillsUSA has teamed up with the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) to promote outstanding student achievement within career and technical education. SkillsUSA is encouraging chapters to consider participation in the honor society as part of their annual program of work.

The National Technical Honor Society has a mission to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence, and enhance career opportunities for technical students. They provide recognition for excellence in technical education and create occupational opportunities for America's top workforce education students. The NTHS has 3,000 member schools and colleges, and it contributes to a positive image for technical education in the community. Students who join the honor society should demonstrate academic achievement, skills development, leadership, honesty, responsibility, and good character.

NTHS is committed to:

  • Rewarding excellence in workforce education
  • Developing self-esteem and personal pride
  • Encouraging students to reach higher levels of achievement
  • Promoting honesty, responsibility, initiative, teamwork, leadership, citizenship and scholarship
  • Helping schools build effective business partnerships
  • Building a strong positive image for workforce education in America
  • Excellence in America's workforce begins with excellence in workforce education
NTHS Scholarships for SkillsUSA Members

NTHS will award four $1,000 scholarships to SkillsUSA members at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference. Two scholarships will be awarded to high school members, and two scholarships will be 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, which includes submission of a charter application and approval from the school administration.

In the event that a qualified college/postsecondary member is not recommended by the scholarship committee, the available college/postsecondary scholarships will be awarded to high school students instead.

Start a new NTHS Chapter.

Complete the scholarship application

Apply online today!

Robert Flint Student Leadership Development Scholarship

SkillsUSA members with financial needs may be eligible for this scholarship to attend SkillsUSA’s Leverage, Activate and Engage conferences in June or the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) in September. Four scholarships of $1,300 will be awarded to attend the Leverage, Activate and Engage conferences, and four scholarships of $800 will be awarded to attend WLTI. Nominations must be made by a state association director. For details, contact your state SkillsUSA office.

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

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.

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.