Fine Homebuilding magazine and a national alliance of students, teachers, and industry representatives are teaming up to offer five scholarships of $5,000 each for those interested in construction-related fields of study.
The scholarships are part of the magazine’s #KeepCraftAlive program, an effort to preserve essential construction trades and close a skills gap that is threatening the industry.
Applicants for the scholarships should be high school students, post-secondary students, or alumni of the SkillsUSA program, according to an announcement posted at the SkillsUSA website. SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 members and serves middle school, high school, and college/post secondary students who are preparing for careers in technical and skilled service jobs.
Applications must be submitted by May 1. Winners will be notified by May 15 and acknowledged at a reception June 22 during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The money is for use in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Applicants will be asked to submit a 300-word essay demonstrating passion for their craft along with a letter of support from a teacher or advisor. An application form is available here.
In announcing the #KeepCraftAlive effort, Fine Homebuilding editorial director Rob Yagid said that a shortage of qualified workers, caused in part by a lack of exposure to the trades among young people, “is rocking home building to its core.”
Yagid promised the magazine would continue to emphasize the value of craftsmanship in all trades and work with the construction industry to promote training opportunities.