SkillsUSA and Fine Homebuilding have teamed up again this year to offer scholarship opportunities to SkillsUSA students. Passionate SkillsUSA members studying in construction-related fields who are planning to pursue continued education and training are eligible for one of 14 $2,500 scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year.
Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Fine Homebuilding and Keep Craft Alive team based on an application, a 300-word essay and a letter of support from a teacher, administrator, SkillsUSA advisor, or mentor. The funds can be used for further trade education including community college, undergraduate programs or industry certifications.
In creating the scholarships, Fine Homebuilding is addressing the shortage of trained, qualified labor across North America that is fueling the skills gap. In addition, they’re creating a community of passionate and like-minded craftsmen and women who are helping to improve the construction industry.
This year, in addition to developing the scholarship fund during these challenging and unprecedented times when schools have been closed due to COVID-19, Fine Homebuilding is also offering SkillsUSA partner trade schools, their instructors and students free access to their deep archive of educational content to bring students the online expertise and training resources they need to foster their learning and growth when pursuing the trades.
“In both good times and challenging times, Fine Homebuilding has always remained committed to its community. It’s why we’re particularly proud to continue offering our financial and educational support for those who are committed to pursuing careers in the trades”, said #KeepCraftAlive executive director, Rob Yagid. “With our community of designers, builders, remodelers, suppliers and industry partners by our side, we welcome this year’s class of scholarship recipients as they join us in changing the face of construction by upholding the highest levels of professionalism and building standards.”
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in the trades. More than 370,000 students and advisors in nearly 5,000 classrooms across the country make up the SkillsUSA membership, all striving for excellence in their field of study.
“The #KeepCraftAlive scholarships helps our deserving students to continue their education within the field”, said SkillsUSA’s executive director, Chelle Travis. “SkillsUSA is a talent pipeline and a verified skills gap solution but we couldn’t accomplish our mission without the support of partners like Fine Homebuilding. Every year 100,000 SkillsUSA students complete their technical program, job-ready on Day One.”
Help fund the 2021 #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship by making a tax-deductible donation in support of the next generation of craftsmen and women.