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April 13, 2018

$2,500 #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship April 25 Deadline Quickly Approaching

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 college/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: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/keepcraftalive-scholarship/. The deadline for applications is April 25. If you have questions, contact Marcia Strickland at mstrickland@skillsusa.org.


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


$1,000 SCOAR Scholarship Presented to Up to 23 SkillsUSA Members

Act now to take advantage of the SkillsUSA SCOAR (Southeastern Construction Owners and Associates Roundtable) scholarship opportunities. Up to 23 Southeastern SkillsUSA members who are pursuing a career path in the construction trades will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants should be students who want to take their expertise to the highest possible level and pursue advanced education in their field at a postsecondary institution offering a degree, credentialing or certification program in a construction-related field. This includes trade areas such as HVACR, building trades and renovations, architectural drafting and technology, masonry, painting and decorating, building maintenance, landscaping and interior design.


Scholarship applications are welcomed from high school seniors wishing to continue their education at a postsecondary educational institution in pursuit of a career and technical education degree, diploma or certification program. Postsecondary students already enrolled in such or wanting to continue their program are also encouraged to apply. This scholarship opportunity is only open to SkillsUSA students who live in, or plan to attend, school in one of the following Southeastern states: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana as well as Oklahoma.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, the spring round will be closing soon. If you have questions, contact Marcia Strickland at mstrickland@skillsusa.org. Please apply here: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/scoar-scholarship/.


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 includes 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: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/the-mikeroweworks-foundation-competitor-scholarship/. Scholarship applications must be received by May 15 (midnight EDT). Applications submitted after this time will not be considered. If you have questions, contact Marcia Strickland at mstrickland@skillsusa.org.


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: http://bit.ly/HarleyRaffle18.


For questions regarding this fundraiser, please email Taryn Zeigler at tzeigler@skillsusa.org.


Sign Up Today to ‘Show Off Your Skills’ During National Week of Service

This year’s SkillsUSA National Week of Service will be sponsored by Stanley Black & Decker. The event will be held May 7-11, and SkillsUSA chapters will have an opportunity to be rewarded.


To qualify, SkillsUSA advisors must register as a participating chapter in the National Week of Service. The first 50 advisors who register their chapter plus 15 or more of their students who register will receive a Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit from Stanley Black & Decker (skillsusa-register.org/signup). All students participating in the chapter event must register individually to receive a free T-shirt (skillsusa-register.org/signup).


Stanley Black & Decker is sponsoring a “Show Off Your Skills” challenge where chapters will have an opportunity to compete for a grand prize of $10,000 and four finalist prizes of $4,000 each. Additionally, the state association of the winning chapter will receive a grant for $2,500 in appreciation for its efforts in encouraging chapters to participate.


To participate, chapters must produce a 60-second video for social media that highlights the community service they performed during the National Week of Service and the specific trade skills used. There are no limits to video creativity as long as chapters clearly identify how their skills were used in service to others. Contest entries will be accepted from May 7 (9 a.m. EDT) until May 11 (11 p.m. EDT). A SkillsUSA panel will select the five finalists. Those chapter videos will be posted on May 14 for a communitywide vote via social media to determine the grand-prize winner. The winner will be announced on May 18, with an awards presentation the following week at the winning school.


For more information, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-week-of-service/. Registration opens April 2. For questions, email Carol Lowery at clowery@skillsusa.org.