Trade schools provide students the applied training they need to qualify for high-skilled jobs. These vocational programs usually last two years and focus on careers in plumbing, construction, carpentry, welding, and more. High-skilled labor is an important part of our economy and society, so many trade school scholarships are available to motivate students to pursue these types of careers.

Eligibility Requirements

Most trade school scholarships are awarded based on merit or financial need. When applying for trade school scholarships, you can expect to provide documentation regarding your acceptance to a vocational program, your high school graduation status, and your legal residency status. Many scholarships are trade specific and you will need to enroll in a specific type of program to be eligible to apply. Addition eligibility requirements might include:

  • Are a high school graduate or graduating senior
  • Are attending or accepted to a trade school or vocational program
  • Are a legal U.S. resident
  • Meet specific GPA or other merit requirements
  • Present documented unmet financial need
  • Enrolled in an accredited program
  • Are a resident of a specific state or region
  • Pursuing a career in a particular field or trade

The above eligibility requirements are just a sampling of potential requirements and actual eligibility factors can vary. There are many different types of scholarships available, each with their own objectives and criteria. Below is a selection of trade school scholarships available:

Types of Trade School Scholarships

  • NBT Trade School Scholarship: The Nuts and Bolts Foundation awards merit scholarships to students pursuing trade school degrees that lead to careers in engineering.
  • Charley Wootan Grant Program: The Charley Wootan Grant Program awards part of its funds to high school graduates attending two-year vocational programs. Candidates must be permanent Texas residents and be able to demonstrate financial need.
  • NJUA Trade And Vocational School Scholarship: The New Jersey Utilities Association awards one scholarship of up to $6000 to a student pursuing trade or vocational programs at an accredited institution.
  • The AWS District Scholarship Program: The American Welding Society awards scholarships to students with demonstrated unmet financial who are currently enrolled in a vocational welding program.
  • Illinois AMVETS Trade School Scholarship: Available to high school seniors in Illinois, the state's AMVETS organization offers a $1000 scholarship to students accepted to trade school or vocational programs.