If you or someone you know dreams of obtaining higher education before entering a career in construction – don’t let the fear of student debt get in your way. Here are more than 20 scholarships you can apply for TODAY to help you get started.
There are many ways to begin a career in construction right out of high school.
Some young people apply to and are accepted into a registered construction trades apprenticeship program.
Others choose to learn a trade through a local community college or vocational training school.
There isn’t necessarily a “right way” – just options. It’s about doing what feels right for you, and for some, knowing that they’ll earn a bachelor’s or an associate’s degree as part of the training process is important to them, and their loved ones, too.
If you or a friend is leaning toward learning through an academic program, the cost of that education may be a concern. But here, too, there are options, including 20+ scholarship programs for which you can apply.
As you think about the financial aspects of attending a college or vocational school, make sure to visit with the school’s financial aid office to learn more about more ways that you may qualify for scholarships, grants and student loans.
Application Deadline (If applicable)
|Dunwoody College of Technology||Women in Technical Careers||A scholarship of up to $10,000/year for two years.
A childcare stipend of $1,500/year for two years (if eligible).
Stipends for textbooks and program participation.
Formal mentoring by women professionals from the technical sector.
A cohort experience, including monthly professional development workshops.
One-on-one advising from WITC staff and additional wrap-around support.
Access to internships and part-time job opportunities starting your first year.
A summer orientation exclusively for women in the cohort.
|Information sessions will be held online from 5 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 16, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12, 2023 as well as Feb. 20, March 19, and April 23, 2024.|
|Construction Careers Pathway Scholarship||A two-year scholarship award of up to $10,000 per year for full-time students in the Construction Sciences & Building Technology programs.|
|High School Engagement Scholarship||Up to $2,000 scholarship|
|Project Lead the Way Scholarship||Up to $2,000 scholarship|
|Aspire Scholarship||Financial support of up to $4,000 a year
|Housing First Foundation||Housing First Scholarship||$20,000 scholarship|
|Mike Rowe Works||Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship||Scholarship assistance varies|
|Power of YOU||The Power of YOU Minneapolis||Scholarship assistance varies|
|Power of YOU Saint Paul||Scholarship assistance varies|
|Minnesota Builders Exchange||Minnesota Builders Exchange||Awards range from $500 to $5,000|
|Associated General Contractors of America||Workforce Development Foundation Scholarships||Scholarship assistance varies||November 1st, 2023|
|Friends of St. Paul College Foundation||Friends of St. Paul College Foundation||Scholarship assistance varies||SPRING 2024: Due October 27, 2023
SUMMER 2024: Due February 23, 2024
FALL 2024: Due May 17, 2024
|Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarship||Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarship||Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States.
500 scholarships at up to $2,500 each
|American Society of Professional Estimators||American Society of Professional Estimators||Multiple scholarships (up to $25,000) are awarded annually|
|Minnesota Concrete Council Scholarship||Minnesota Concrete Council Scholarship||$1,000 – $4,000 award
For construction management students to pursue careers in concrete-related fields.
|December 1, 2023|
|Minnesota Subcontractors Association||Minnesota Subcontractors Association Scholarship||Three awards of $3,000
Must be currently enrolled in a construction or building trades major
|National Precast Concrete Association Foundation||National Precast Concrete Association Foundation||Eligible to receive $3,500 their first year.
Students who complete an internship with an NPCA member of 320+ hours prior to the start of their second year are eligible to receive $4,500 for that academic year – $5,500 third year; $6,500 fourth year.
Open to anyone enrolled in a certificate program or undergraduate program.
Applicant’s course of study should be in an academic field related ot the building, construction, or precast concrete industry.
|Project Management Institute Minnesota Scholarship||Project Management Institute Minnesota Scholarship||$2,000 scholarship award
The candidate must have applied for and been accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited degree, certificate program, or continuing education program in the project management field.
|November 30, 2023|
|National Association of Woman in Construction||National Association of Woman in Construction||Awards are $500 – $2,500
Applicant must be enrolled full time in a construction-related degree program at a college, technical school or equivalent with a 3.0 GPA.
Applicant must be obtaining training in a construction-related craft or trade, or degree.
|February 28th, 2024|
|Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship||Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship||$1,000 renewable award
Must be a graduating high school senior, have graduated high school, or have earned a high school equivalency diploma.
Must intend to complete an associate degree, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or certificate program leading to work in the construction trades.
|Applications begin to open October 2023|
|American Fire Sprinkler Association||High School Senior College Scholarship Contest||$1,000 scholarship for high school seniors
Scholarship funds are payable to the winner’s college/university or certified trade school in the United States; the winner must enroll for classes beginning no later than the Fall 2024 session.
|Entries accepted September 1, 2023 until January 1, 2024|
|Building Trades Credit Union Scholarship||Building Trades Credit Union Scholarship||Each year, BTCU awards a total of $10,000 in scholarships to 15 members
Scholarship rewards $250 or $1,000
|Scholarship applications can be found, starting January 1.|