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March 16, 2018

Apply for a #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship of $2,500

Fine Homebuilding Magazine, through a partnership with SkillsUSA, will award a minimum of 12 scholarship awards of $2,500 each. Applicants must be SkillsUSA high school or postsecondary students who are 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 the scholarships to students in fields such as architectural drafting, carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical and residential wiring, HVACR, masonry, woodworking and plumbing for the 2018-19 academic year.

Selections will be based on completion of an application and a 300-word essay showing applicants’ passion for their craft, along with a letter of support from a teacher, administrator, SkillsUSA advisor or educational/professional mentor.

To apply, use the form at: The deadline for applications is April 25. If you have questions, contact Susanne Kahler at 703-737-0616 or

This is the second year for the scholarship initiative. For more information about #KeepCraftAlive, visit:

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Raffle is Here Again!

SkillsUSA will be raffling a 2018 Street Bob motorcycle at the national conference Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 29, in Louisville, Ky. This event is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Inc.

The SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association will be the beneficiary of the annual raffle. This year’s motorcycle features a two-tone paint scheme called Wicked Red/Twisted Cherry.

Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20 (a shipping and handling fee of $1 will be added to online orders). The winner does not need to be present for the drawing but will be responsible for picking up the motorcycle at a local Harley-Davidson dealer in his or her community. Please note: The motorcycle cannot be shipped to the U.S. Virgin Islands. To get your tickets, go to:

For questions regarding this fundraiser, please email Taryn Zeigler at

New Online Community Promotes Equity in Career Tech

If you are a career and technical education professional seeking to increase equity in your programming, there is a new resource for you: the Advancing Equity in Career and Technical Education Community of Practice. Housed on the U.S. Department of Education’s Literacy Information and Communication Systems (LINCS) site, this moderated community offers educators a forum to engage in thoughtful discussions and to share tools and resources to increase equity in their programming.

You can create your account (available for free) at:

Join today to pose your questions and help answer those of colleagues. Some example topics include: How can I make sure that my rural students have work-based learning opportunities? How can I recruit more females into my advanced manufacturing program? How can I encourage my Native American career and technical students to persist and complete a postsecondary credential?

In addition to facilitated discussions, other equity-focused professional learning opportunities will include webinars, interactive resource reviews, blog posts and important event announcements.

mikeroweWORKS Offers Travel Scholarships for Competitors

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation will again offer scholarships for SkillsUSA student members to attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 25-29. This is the eighth consecutive year the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, has offered travel scholarships for SkillsUSA members who compete and place first in their state championships and who otherwise would not be able to attend the national championships for financial reasons.

This year’s scholarships will focus on high school and college/postsecondary students working primarily toward careers in manufacturing, construction, transportation, electronics and other program areas where a skills gap exists. The written application must include financial need and SkillsUSA involvement. Applicants must also provide a recommendation from a SkillsUSA member instructor or state association director.

Applicants need to apply online at: Scholarship applications must be received by May 15 (midnight EDT). Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Global Youth Service Day Looking for Participation

Celebrating 30 years of changing the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) activates young people to #LeadASAP through Awareness, Service, Advocacy and Philanthropy. Through service to their community, youth gain powerful 21st-century skills of empathy, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication, skills they need to be successful in school, work and life. GYSD will be celebrated on April 20-22 in more than 100 countries, with millions of young people working together to address the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and change their communities. Find project ideas and planning tips at:

Student Design Competition Can Lead to Chicago Print Conference

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) has launched this year’s student design competition, themed Dominate the Display! This 10th annual contest challenges participants to combine their critical thinking and creativity to design and print an appealing, informational label for a fictitious product (of their choice) that showcases its unique brand and influences the decision to purchase. One high school and one college/postsecondary winner will be identified for each of the first-, second- and third-place awards.

The competition is open to all students attending high school or college/postsecondary institutions in the continental United States and who are studying in a graphic communications/printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program. Entries selected by GAERF will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.

First-place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day trip, all expenses paid, to attend PRINT 18 in Chicago Oct. 1-2. Additionally, the winning students will receive an award of $2,000 presented during PRINT 18’s Career Awareness Day, Tuesday, Oct. 2. Second-place winners will be awarded $1,500, and third-place winners will receive $1,000.

For complete information, visit: Entries must be postmarked by June 1.