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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 15, 2016

SkillsUSA and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education spotlight 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 member 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. More information

Award winners selected will be recognized during the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference in April

National Safety Video Contest

Deadline:  March 1, 2018

SkillsUSA is partnering with CareerSafe for a National Safety Video Competition. Teens across the country are challenged to create a video demonstrating safety in the workplace. Note: This is not part of the SkillsUSA Championships competitions and has no impact on a student’s eligibility to compete.

CareerSafe, Safety Education for America’s Future, is sponsoring the 2017-2018 National Youth Safety Video Contest. Students across the country are challenged to create a video demonstrating safety in the workplace.

The contest kicked off on October 16 and all submissions need to be sent into CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA Prize Pack as well as a scholarship up to $2,500. The winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000.

Every seven minutes a teen is hospitalized because of a workplace injury. Every two minutes a teen is injured in the workplace. Every five days a teen is killed in the workplace.

Summer Leadership Institute Scholarship

Deadline:  May 1, 2017

The SkillsUSA Oklahoma Alumni & Friends Association will award two $500 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 May 1, 2017.

SkillsUSA Oklahoma Alumni & Friends SLI Scholarship Application

Lowe's Grants

Deadline:  June 30, 2017

The focus for the 2017 Fall Cycle of the SkillsUSA Lowe’s grant program will be to identify communities, schools, classrooms or advisors/instructors that have a very basic need to improve the quality of their students’ educational experience. Grants will be awarded ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Grant applications will detail the need for community improvements, upgrading or providing tangible experience for learning technical skills while providing substantial benefit to the community.

Through the written application and letters of support, the applicant must clearly outline the real NEED for the grant dollars being requested. The focus in choosing the grant recipients will be to place the dollars in the hands of those who have no other means for obtaining funds. The goal of this grant program is to provide life changing experiences by providing learning opportunities that help students gain employability skills, both technical and leadership skills and provide a major impact in the communities where they live.

In addition, those applicants who can outline their plan to “pay it forward”, by planning and implementing a project or event that will allow for a greater impact in the community due to receiving the grant dollars. The best projects will be those that detail how the outcome will provide a life changing experience for the beneficiaries of the grant dollars.

Grant information and applications are available at Lowe's Grants site. For questions, please send an email to .

Grant information and applications are available at  For questions, call Carol Lowery, Lowe's Grant Manager at 641-456-4515 or 641-512-0504.

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work Preparing America's Skilled Workforce Video Competition

Deadline:  November 15, 2017

"SkillsUSA: Champions at Work Preparing America's Skilled Workforce" 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.

Teams of two contestants are required to plan and shoot a video (generally 30 seconds or one minute in length) on location to convey the “theme” of the event. Editing is done in the contest area with special emphasis on professional production of the video by industry standards, quality of audio and video, and adequate conveyance of the “theme” to the viewer.

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:  Complete contest details can be found at

NLSC Pin and T-Shirt Design Challenge

Deadline:  February 5, 2018

SkillsUSA is sponsoring a national conference pin and T-shirt design challenge 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 2018 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The pin and T-shirt will be produced by the SkillsUSA Store.

Two designs will be selected. One will be used for the pin and one for the T-shirt. All designs submitted should be appropriate for use on a pin or T-shirt. All entries must be submitted to SkillsUSA exactly as directed in the rules below, and all entries become the property of SkillsUSA once submitted. Only one entry/design per SkillsUSA member is permitted.

For more information visit the SkillsUSA website at:

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.


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