Scholarship Opportunities for Building and Construction Trades and Tech Students

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the building and construction trades, there are a number of scholarship and grant opportunities that can help young people bridge the financial gap as they make the transition from being a student to a full-time trades professional.

These scholarships and grants can help pay for courses at technical colleges and schools in Minnesota and surrounding states; books and other learning materials; and tools and materials needed to start an apprenticeship for hands-on training in an accredited technical training program.

Scholarships can fill the gap. Scholarship assistance can support students who fall in the gap between high- and low-income levels. For those attending a technical college, scholarships may also decrease the number and amount of loans students need to take to complete college. For those enrolling in apprenticeship programs, scholarships may cover tools, books or other resources students’ need for class.

Students can apply for a variety of trade scholarships offered by local unions or city-specific organizations.
(PC: Emily Sweeney)

“Every student’s story is different, but through outlining scholarship assistance for a variety of construction trades programs, we can enable greater success and provide backing for deserving students who want to work hard and give back to society,” said Sarah Lechowich, Senior Director of the Construction Careers Foundation.

Many scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate exemplary work. Whether it’s in the classroom, or on-site, students with curiosity and a desire to learn may submit their projects as examples of why they should receive a scholarship.

Before you fill out a scholarship application, please review the general eligibility requirements as well as any specific requirements before submitting the application to the organization.

“We know our youth succeed in finding a career and education path for themselves when they have supporters such as parents, relatives, counselors and mentors cheering them on,” Lechowich said. “Support also comes in the form of organizations such as the Construction Careers Foundation, which directly supports students in their exploration of construction careers, outlines the apprenticeship application process, and lists scholarship resources to prepare young people for a successful career in Minnesota’s construction industry.

General scholarships for students pursuing a career in construction.

American Society of Professional Estimators (Deadline: May 5, 2021)
Multiple scholarships (up to $25,000) are awarded annually to students pursuing careers within the construction industry.

Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship (Deadline: May 15, 2021)
Students interested in pursuing careers in the skilled trades.

Minnesota Builders Exchange (Deadline: May 31, 2021)
For college and technical school students in construction-related fields.

POWER of YOU (Deadline: August 6, 2021 – Minneapolis, Contact St. Paul College for their deadline)
Tuition for certain community and technical colleges for Minnesota high school seniors from Minneapolis, St. Paul or surrounding suburban Public/Charter/Alternative or Private High School in Spring 2021 .

Associated General Contractors of America – Workforce Development Scholarship
For students interested in careers in construction management, construction engineering or construction crafts. Applicant can be anyone who is planning to attend a college, technical school or approved craft training program in any discipline of construction, including a high school senior, military member, or postsecondary student.


Friends of St. Paul College Foundation (Deadline: June 8, 2021)
Provides a variety of trade specific scholarships for students attending St. Paul College.

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.

$2,000 Associated Builders and Contractors Scholarship (Open Date: May 1, 2021 – Deadline: July 1, 2021)
Scholarship for craft training program, apprentice and vocational schools. Applicants must be pursuing craft professional training in the construction industry through an NCCER accredited program or a state/federally approved apprenticeship program in a merit shop training facility.


Scholarships, grants and opportunities, through technical colleges, community colleges and associate’s programs.

Dunwoody College of Technology

Construction Careers Pathway Scholarship (Deadline: May 24, 2021)
● 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 (Deadline: May 3, 2021)
● Up to $2,000 scholarship

Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship (Deadline: June 1, 2021)
For community or technical college enrollment, full or part time. ($1200-$2,500 scholarships)

$2,500 Project Management Institute Minnesota Scholarship (Deadline: May 1, 2021)
For students pursuing a degree in project management or related field. Must attend an accredited degree program with a Minnesota or North Dakota college or university.

Associated Builders and Contractors OF MN/ND Merit Shop Scholarship (Deadline: May 3, 2021)
To assist individuals seeking to further their education in construction related careers. Available to any student pursuing a construction career enrolled at Minnesota State University–Mankato, Minnesota State University–Moorhead, or North Dakota State College of Science, and a member of the ABC Student Chapter.


For additional scholarships, grants and opportunities, contact individual unions and training centers listed below.

Metro Area Building Trades Training Centers

9459 US Highway 10, Ste 103, Ramsey, MN 55303

Bricklayers (BAC)
5420 International Pkwy, New Hope MN 55428

Carpenters (UBC)
740 Olive Street, St Paul MN 55130

Cement Masons/Plasterers
2180 Old Highway 8 NW, New Brighton MN 55112

Elevator Constructors
433 Little Canada Rd E, Little Canada MN 55117

3205 Country Dr, Ste 150, Little Canada MN 55117

Heat/Frost Insulators
95 Empire Dr., St. Paul, MN 55103

IBEW 110
1330 Conway St, Ste 150, St Paul MN 55106

13100 Frankfort Pkwy, St Michael, MN 55376

Iron Workers
835 Pierce Butler Route, St Paul MN 55104

2350 Main Street, Lino Lakes MN 55038

Operating Engineers 49
40276 Fishtail Road, Hinckley MN 55037

Minneapolis Plumbers 15
818 Dunwoody Blvd, Minneapolis MN 55403

St. Paul Plumbers 34
Saint Paul College, 235 Marshall Ave, Rm L453, St Paul MN 55102

Pipefitters 455
1301 L’Orient Street, St Paul MN 55117

Pipefitters 539
6200 Lakeland Ave N Brooklyn Pk MN 55428

Roofers Local 96
9174 Isanti St NE, Blaine MN 55449

Sheet Metal
3554 White Bear Ave N, WBL MN 55110

Sprinkler fitters
529 County Road E West, Shoreview, MN 55126