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Grants, Scholarships, Contests and Drawings

The state and national offices are offering different ways that a student and/or an advisor may be eligible for free money or recognition!!

Breaking Traditions Award

Deadline:  February 14, 2014

SkillsUSA and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education spotlights students and staff who have chosen specific career and technology programs because of their interests and abilities and who have not let their gender influence their decisions to prepare for nontraditional careers.  Student organizations members and educational districts are encouraged to participate in this endeavor.  The Breaking Traditions Award is a nontraditional student award for individuals from one gender that comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in each occupation or field.

Award winners selected will be recognized during the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference in April
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National Youth Safety Video Contest

Deadline:  March 1, 2014

CareerSafe®, Safety Education for America's Future™, is sponsoring the 2013-14 National Youth Safety Video Contest.  Students across the country are challenged to create a two-minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace.  The contest will kick off on October 15, 2013 and all submissions should be sent into CareerSafe by March 1, 2014.  The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA Prize Pack as well as a scholarship up to $2,500 and winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000.  To view an online flyer about the contest, to go http://www.careersafeonline.com/images/vido%20contest%20flyer.pdf.

For more information on the contest, please visit the CareerSafe® website on October 15 at www.careersafeonline.com.

Summer Leadership Institute Scholarship

Deadline:  April 4, 2014

The SkillsUSA Oklahoma Alumni & Friends Association will award two $150 scholarships to attend the annual Summer Leadership Institute (SLI).  Scholarships are awarded to a high school candidate and/or a Trade & Industrial Education "new" instructor.  These scholarships were established from a grant awarded to SkillsUSA Oklahoma Alumni & Friends Association. Download the application today as it is due into the SkillsUSA Oklahoma state office by April 4, 2014.

SkillsUSA Oklahoma Alumni & Friends SLI Scholarship Application

Lowe's Grants

Lowe's continues a fifth year of generosity with another round of SkillsUSA grants in 2014.  Two grant opportunities will be available.

The Schools In Need Grant program is to identify schools classrooms or instructors who have a very basic need to improve the quality of students' education experience.  Grants will be awarded ranging from $2,500 to $25,000.  The deadline for applications is November 1, 2013.

CareerSafe Grants will be awarded to schools in the form of vouchers that allow students to take an online assessment and earn their OSHA 10-hour Construction or General Industry safety credential.  Vouchers will be awarded based on SkillsUSA membership and use of vouchers in previous years.  new applications will receive priority over schools applying for consecutive years; however, all are encouraged to apply.  The deadline for applications is December 1, 2013.  Vouchers will be awarded in January 2014.

Grant information and applications are available at http://www.skillsusa.org/educators/lowes.shtml.  For questions, call Carol Lowery, Lowe's Grant Manager at 641-456-4515 or 641-512-0504.

Educated and Skilled to Lead America Video Competition

Deadline:  November 15, 2013

"Educated and Skilled to Lead America" is SkillsUSA's theme this year and the students' challenge will be to create a video that showcases how members are becoming educated.  The video could show what their classroom or lab looks like, what they are learning, and their specific skills and how they show them off.  This is their opportunity to tell their story.

Only currently registered SkillsUSA high school and college/postsecondary student members can enter and membership will be verified for each entry.  The work can be done by an individual, a team or an entire class.

There is no limit on the number of students who can work on a video.  The video must be entered under one chapter name, and there will be only one prize awarded for the winning video.  For additional questions or information, email Kelly Horton:  khorton@skillsusa.org.  Complete contest details can be found at http://www.skillsusa.rog/compete/edskillvideo.shtml and also in the current membership kit.

National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Contests

Deadline:  February 1, 2014

SkillsUSA and Lowe’s sponsor a national conference pin and T-shirt design competition that is open to all dues-paying student members of the organization. The winning designs will become the official pin or T-shirt for the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The pin and T-shirt will be produced by the SkillsUSA Store.

Oklahoma had the winning pin designs in both 2004 and 2009!!  Rules are in the membership kit and are also posted on the SkillsUSA website at:  http://www.skillsusa.org/compete/pindesign.shtml

NOTE: This is separate and distinct from the SkillsUSA Championships Pin Design (State Conference) and T-shirt Design (State Conference) competitions. It has no impact on a student's eligibility to compete.