Trade school grants and scholarships are the most common financial aid options for trade school students. The following lists the scholarships for tech schools and vocational colleges:
The American Fire Sprinkler Association is an advocate of life-saving automatic fire sprinklers. The association assists contractors in implementing the best life-saving strategies and technologies, conducting training and workshops, and correcting misunderstandings about fire safety procedures. AFSA also hosts training sessions in academic institutions.
AFSA offers high school scholarship programs to high school seniors who are planning to pursue a trade degree program at an accredited trade school, college or university. The scholarship amounting to $2000 is reimbursed directly to the academic institution, and students must be enrolled full-time not later than the fall semester of the application year.
The Refrigeration School is a more than 50-year old trade school headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a very extensive trade school and receives regional accreditation as well as offering select programs for students with the desire to work in the trades.
RSI’s Women in Skilled Trades Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to the most deserving female students who demonstrate financial need. All-female students who are studying or will study in the Refrigeration School in Arizona are eligible for the scholarship program. Applications are open all year round.
The American Council for Construction Education’s mission is to be the leading international advocate of quality construction education. They support, promote, and accredit top-quality construction education programs. ACCE provides accreditation to colleges and universities that educate professionals in the construction industry. The Council also advocates safe industry standards.
Applicants for the Dupree Construction Education Fund and the National Housing Endowment Scholarship must be enrolled in a Master’s, Ph.D., or advanced construction-related degree, in a college, university or trade school with an ACCE-accredited program.
Women in HVAC/R provides three $2,000 scholarships per year, including one for Technical College or Trade School, one for a Baccalaureate’s degree program at a four-year academic institution, and one for a distance education program that covers air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, and ventilation.
All of the WHVAC/R Scholarship Programs are open to women in high school or post-secondary education, aspiring to join the HVAC/R field by any of the above means.
The American Fire Sprinkler Association’s objective is to inform the public about how automatic fire sprinklers can save lives. The association assists contractors in implementing life-saving strategies and technologies, conducts training and workshops, corrects misconceptions about fire safety procedures, and provides essential information to academic institutions.
The AFSA offers high school scholarship programs to high school seniors who are planning to pursue a trade degree program at an accredited trade school, college or university. The $2000 scholarship is reimbursed directly to the academic institution, and students must be enrolled full-time within the fall semester of the application year.
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling field is related to new talent to continue to develop as a highly-skilled and sustainable profession. The PHCC Educational Foundation has the mission of assisting students in the specified trades to achieve their educational goals and be prosperous in their field. Forty-one scholarships are awarded per year, including students in the distance education program.
Eligible applicants are those full-time in an HVAC/R or Plumbing Apprenticeship Program that is a member of the Plumbing-Heat-Cooling-Contractors National Association and practicing with a licensed contractor. One of the requirements includes a letter from a high school principal and a letter of recommendation from a member of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors National Association.
The Association for the Science of HVAC, Refrigeration, and Engineering is an organization that advocates industry excellence and sets industry principles in the related field. It also promotes a viable world by enriching the science of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration.
ASHRAE provides ten different scholarship programs for engineering students. Scholarships are granted to undergraduate students who are studying full-time in a post-secondary education school and who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Engineering program in the course of study in provision for the HVAC/R industry. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 at the minimum to qualify for the scholarship program.
Through its Founders Scholarship Program, the National Association of Women in Construction began offering financial assistance in 1963. Women in construction-related programs have access to national and regional chapter trade scholarship opportunities.
To pay it forward and give back to the automotive community, the Automotive Hall of Fame offers financial aid to full-time students of an accredited trade school in an automotive field. Awards are reimbursed immediately to the chosen school’s tuition and fees.
The Merchant Maritime Exchange Scholarship Fund was founded to improve the fields of maritime affairs and global trades, by helping students who are on an academic path towards success in related disciplines. Applicants must be enrolled in a four- or two-year post-secondary degree with an emphasis on Maritime Affairs or International Trade. All applications must be submitted online. The amount of scholarship funds is merit-based and score level. It can be used for tuition fees, books, and other program-related expenses.
Dwyer Group provides scholarships to women in trades to be settled to the accredited trade school of her choice. The $1,500 scholarship is awarded two times per year, to a total of six women per year.
Georgia High School students planning to pursue any field of discipline in a two-year community college or trade school can get a $1,000 scholarship from Flax Dental. Applicants should submit a 400- or 600-word essay on the topic “Why My Teacher Makes Me Smile” talking about a current or former teacher who has inspired them in a meaningful way.
The Home Depot Foundation aspires to give back to the communities who make their work possible. The Home Depot Trade School Scholarship grants $2,500 each to 1,000 students. The scholarship program is available to kids of Home Depot Associates who have been in the company for at least a year. Winners may reapply the following year.
Union’s current and retired members, as well as immediate family members, are qualified for scholarship programs ranging from $500 to $4,000 for their post-secondary education in community colleges, and trade and vocational schools.
The CIRI Foundation advocates and upholds culture and heritage of Alaska Natives from the Cook Inlet state. It provides several vocational training grants of up to $4,500 per year to a CIRI original candidate or direct lineal successor.
Central Scholarship provides scholarships to students planning on pursuing a non-degree certificate program at a career school or community college. These programs are specifically targeted to students who live in or nearby Baltimore.
Dr. Gussie M. Ware Memorial Scholarships are provided to high school graduates about to begin their college education who are African-American. Applicants must have at least a GPA 2.5 and permanent residency status in Winnebago County.
The American Bus Association grants two $2,500 scholarships for the under-represented students enrolled in transportation-, travel-, or tourism-related industries. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay and must have completed their first year of college at an accredited school or community college.
The American Indian Graduate Center offers scholarships to graduate students who need financial assistance and is a member of the American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group.
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) provides scholarships to minority students traditionally under-represented in the field of sciences.