There are hundreds of resources out there to assist you financially in gaining the education and skills required to meet your professional goals in the trades and design/build industries, no matter what you’re aiming to become. In addition to assistance provided by most any apprenticeship program, as well as scholarships offered by companies to their employees’ children, we have compiled a list of scholarship opportunities below. The list isn’t exclusive, so be sure to check with local apprenticeship programs and professional groups on a regular basis to learn about new opportunities.
The list isn’t exclusive, so be sure to check with local apprenticeship programs and professional groups on a regular basis to learn about new opportunities.
Here are both national and Wisconsin-only scholarship opportunities:
ACE MENTOR PROGRAM
ACE awards scholarships at both the national and local levels. Since 1995, ACE has presented participating students with $6.6 million in scholarships. To qualify for an ACE scholarship, you must be an active participant in a local ACE affiliate’s project(s) for the entire school year. As part of a $3 million grant to ACE from CMiC and the family of the late Allen Berg, founder of CMiC, ACE has awarded the first of six annual rounds of scholarships to students planning to pursue careers in the integrated construction industry. In May 2019, 25 students received $400,000 in scholarships. Details on the 2020 scholarship competition will be announced in fall 2019.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COST ENGINEERS
AACE International offers scholarships to North American and international students pursuing a program of study related to cost engineering/cost management. Scholarships are awarded in various amounts to a maximum lifetime/individual amount of $2,500. All scholarships are awarded for use in the first term of the next academic year. Applicants must have completed one year of college, be currently enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited university for fall term and be pursuing a program in one of the following disciplines: building construction/construction management, business administration, engineering, quantity surveying. Check with AACE local sections for additional scholarship opportunities.
AMERICAN INDIAN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SOCIETY
Annual scholarships are awarded to members of AISES who are American Indian/Alaskan Native college students pursuing academic degrees in engineering and other STEM fields. The organization also administers scholarship programs for other organizations and corporations. Scholarships vary from $1,000 to $5,000 per year.
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
The AIA offers a variety of scholarship opportunities. It offers $4,000 Diversity Advancement Scholarships each year, renewable for up to five years. The $10,000 Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Scholarship is for third- and fourth-year women architecture students, as well as any level of graduate study. Local chapters may also offer additional scholarships.
AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION
The APA Foundation awards scholarships to students currently enrolled in degree programs in planning. Check with local chapters, as they may also offer scholarship opportunities.
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS
ASCE offers several scholarships to ASCE Student Members in good standing. Applicants must be undergraduate students with at least one semester or quarter of study in the next academic year.
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS
Applicants must be full-time undergraduates majoring in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology at an ABET-accredited college or university. High school students are eligible for two scholarship programs. Except for high school seniors, all applicants must be student members of an ASME chapter.
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEATING, REFRIGERATION AND AIR-CONDITIONING ENGINEERS
Through its scholarships, ASHRAE seeks to motivate students to pursue an engineering or technology career in the HVAC&R field, part of the STEM industry. The society’s Scholarship Program also serves the public interest by aiding in the education of men and women to become qualified to practice as engineers in HVAC&R. ASHRAE has awarded nearly $2 million during the past 29 years to 400 students.
ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS INC., NATIONAL CHAPTER
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Ten scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded annually. Only one application per student per calendar year will be accepted. Past scholarship recipients are ineligible.
ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF GREATER MILWAUKEE
The AGC of Greater Milwaukee offers several opportunities with various local partners including Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the Milwaukee Area Technical College.
ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS – NATIONAL CHAPTER
The AGC Education and Research Foundation supports the future of the industry. The foundation is committed to sustaining quality education through scholarships. More than 100 students each year benefit from AGC Foundation scholarships. Since 1970, 3,500 scholarships have been awarded, totaling $9 million.
ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF WISCONSIN
The AGC of Wisconsin has various scholarships for Wisconsin students interested in construction careers. The AGC’s renewable scholarships are worth $2,500 a year for each year of undergraduate study, up to a maximum of $7,500.
The AGC Industry Advancement Program also offers six $1,000 scholarships to increase workforce development opportunities across the state. These scholarships are for enrollees in a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards-approved apprenticeship program and employed by an IAP-contributing employer; or enrolled in a two year construction-related program at a Wisconsin Technical College.
BUILD YOUR FUTURE SCHOLARSHIP
This site lists several organizations that award scholarships in the construction and building trades, including AGC Workforce Development, ABC Trimmer Construction Education Foundation, Folds of Honor, SkillsUSA Local User Council and The Human Resources Construction Council.
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Each year, the foundation offers scholarships to qualified students pursuing a CM or CM-related degree. The Francis M. Keville Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to a female student pursuing a degree in construction management or a related discipline with a record of leadership and engagement both on and off campus. The submission period will open in February 2019. Many of CMAA’s Chapters also offer scholarships.
DEEP FOUNDATION INDUSTRY EDUCATIONAL TRUST
The trust manages a variety of scholarship programs. Some scholarships are directed to students at specific universities, others are open to students attending any institution. Applicants must show an interest in the deep foundations industry, such as civil, geotechnical or construction engineering.
HUMAN RESOURCES CONSTRUCTION COUNCIL
NCCER and its Build Your Future initiative have teamed up with the Human Resources Construction Council to award multiple scholarships each year to help cover training costs.
NATIONAL ACTION COUNCIL FOR MINORITY ENGINEERS
The council offers scholarships to African-American, American Indian and Latino men and women in engineering/STEM professions. It distributes about $4 million annually through block grants to partner institutions and as individual awards. Since its founding, it has given more than $150 million in scholarship and program support to 24,000 minority students. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university that has a partnership with NACME.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS
High school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students are eligible, depending on the scholarship program. Some scholarships are related to specific fields.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
Scholarships are available to high school students and undergraduates in engineering programs. Students must be enrolled in ABET-accredited colleges and universities.
NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP FOR SKILLSUSA MEMBERS
NTHS awards four $1,000 scholarships to SkillsUSA members at SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference. Two scholarships will be awarded to high school members, and two scholarships will be awarded to college/ postsecondary members. To be eligible, students must be active, dues-paying members on both SkillsUSA and NTHS. See the website for additional details and other scholarship opportunities.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL SURVEYORS
Each year, through the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation (NSPSF), more than $30,000 in scholarships funded by a variety of individuals, companies and organizations are made available to support college education in geospatial sciences. The scholarships are a great opportunity for students in surveying, mapping, geographic information systems and geodetic science programs.
SOCIETY OF HISPANIC PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
SHPE serves 178 student and more than 50 professional chapters, with more than 11,000 active members. For the 2018-19 academic year, SHPE awarded about $340,000 in scholarships.
SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS
SWE scholarships are awarded to women pursuing ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student programs for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. Applicants complete one application and will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. In 2018, SWE disbursed about 238 new and renewed scholarships totaling more than $830,000.
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
The DWD offers Fast Forward grants to help train and retain skilled workers. More than $20 million of these grants have been awarded to date. This money has helped support more than 200 worker-training projects.
WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGES
Students at Wisconsin technical colleges can obtain a wide variety of scholarships and loans to help pay for their schooling.