Scholarships & Financial Aid

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.

SkillsUSA-related Scholarships

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

SkillsUSA Alumni Merit Scholarship

The SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association is offering an annual merit-based $500 scholarship to a qualifying student. The scholarship will recognize the qualities in SkillsUSA students for whom the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association support, including leadership, commitment to community service, improving the image of career and technical education, and improving the image of his/her chosen occupation.

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.

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.

Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology Competitor Scholarship

The Professional Service Association, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who have competed and placed first in their state association Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology competition. Get the details and application.

Manufacturing Institute Scholarship Program

University of Phoenix and The Manufacturing Institute are offering ten full-tuition scholarships toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a manufacturing-related degree program at University of Phoenix. Aimed at developing a new generation of skilled and competitive manufacturing workers, the scholarships will allow recipients to choose online or ground classes so they can continue their career while earning their degrees.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Be currently employed by a manufacturer or interested in pursuing a manufacturing career.
  • Not be currently enrolled at University of Phoenix.

The deadline for 2013 has passed.

Visit www.phoenix.edu/mischolar for details, including complete eligibility and application information.

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.

Winners of the 2014 National Technical Honor Society scholarships are:

  • Gabriela Baeza, Welding, Autry Technology Center, Enid, Okla. (College/Postseconary)
  • Cassandra Kaptur, Construction Carpentry, Penta Career Center, Perrysburg, Ohio (High School)
  • Stephen Priest, Certified Nursing Assistant, Ulster BOCES, Port Ewen, N.Y. (High School)
  • Austin Schaeffer, CNC Machining, Berks Career and Technology Center, Leesport, Pa. (High School)

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.

2014 Winners

  • Alyshia Buchholz, Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Tech. Center, Valley City, N.D.
  • Shaili Mehta, Westwood High School, Austin, Texas
  • Quinel Nabors, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Ripley, Tenn.
  • Emily Stephenson, Prosser Career Education Center, New Albany, Ind.

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.

SkillsUSA Championships

Following are the scholarships offered through the SkillsUSA national office to winners of the SkillSUSA Championships. Most scholarships are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners (gold, silver and bronze medalists). To compete at the national level, you must be a SkillsUSA member, compete successfully at the state contest and be selected by your state association. In most cases, these scholarships are applied directly to tuition and education expenses. Medalists also receive tools of the trade, software and other awards. Download the list of most current competition scholarships.

Other Scholarship Information

AfterCollege

AfterCollege has contributed over $800,000 to scholarships and student activities in various majors.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Scholarship

Secondary and post-secondary collision students attending career and technical schools and colleges have the opportunity to apply for the over $200,000 in available scholarships and tool grants available through the Collision Repair Education Foundation and the organization’s industry supporters. For details and application info, visit the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s website.