Harbor Freight Tools for Schools National Championship Scholarship

SkillsUSA is proud to announce, in partnership with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, a scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members. Eligible members can apply to receive up to $1,500 to assist in attending the 2020 National Leadership and Skills Conference. Applications will be accepted from March 15 – May 15, 2020. Recipients will be announced June 1, 2020. Refer to Scholarship Application for full details including eligibility.


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

  1. members of a SkillsUSA chapter at a public high school in the United States,
  2. eligible to compete on behalf of their state in the SkillsUSA 2020 NLSC, and are
  3. registered to compete in one of the following contests at the 2020 NLSC:
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • CNC Milling Technology
  • CNC Turning Technology
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Electrical Construction Wiring
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
  • Industrial Motor Control
  • Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology
  • Marine Service Technology
  • Masonry
  • Mechatronics
  • MLR (Maintenance Light Repair) (Technology demo)
  • Motorcycle Service Technology
  • Plumbing
  • Power Equipment Technology
  • Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance
  • Sheet Metal
  • TeamWorks
  • Welding
  • Welding Fabrication
  • Welding Sculpture

Students eligible to compete at the 2020 NLSC in one of the following contests may receive scholarships from the fund, provided they were enrolled in one of the skilled trades program areas listed above during the 2019-20 school year:

  • Action Skills
  • American Spirit
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Natural Resources and Agriculture
  • Chapter Business Procedure
  • Chapter Display
  • Community Action Project
  • Community Service
  • Customer Service
  • Employment Application Process
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Job Interview
  • Job Skill Demonstration A
  • Job Skill Demonstration Open
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Outstanding Chapter
  • Prepared Speech
  • Principles of Technology
  • Promotional Bulletin Board
  • Quiz Bowl

Application Process:

  • The scholarship application will be open for submissions from eligible members from March 15 until May 15, 2020.
  • All applicants must complete the electronic application.
  • Upon the completion of the application period, applications will be evaluated based on the following general criteria:
    • Student’s commitment to the values exhibited in the SkillsUSA creed
    • Strong support from student’s SkillsUSA advisor
    • Student’s commitment to improving his or her community, and to supporting his or her fellow students
    • Demonstration of significant financial need
  • No recipient shall receive more than $1,500.00 in the aggregate.
  • If applicant receives the scholarship funds, they agree to:
    • Use funds for reasonable and appropriate costs of travel to and from, lodging for and the cost of registration for the 2020 NLSC, as described in this application
    • Complete a form on how the grant funds were spent
    • Complete an evaluation reflecting on NLSC and their experience
    • Fully execute any photography and videography waivers provided by SkillsUSA or Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, and
    • Meet with representatives of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools at the 2020 NLSC.

Selections will be based on:

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