9. Apply for scholarships

One of the greatest benefits of student membership in SkillsUSA is scholarship opportunities. Students must be active, dues-paid SkillsUSA members to be eligible for a scholarships through SkillsUSA or its partners. Scholarships are offered in several areas. Some are based on merit, others are related to financial need and many are presented to the medalists of SkillsUSA Championships at the state and national levels. For complete details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/nx2s8m3

Marsha Daves Scholarship

SkillsUSA is annually offering one, merit-based $1,000 scholarship plus a $500 travel stipend to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference to a state officer. The scholarship, in memory of SkillsUSA champion Marsha Daves, is open to current SkillsUSA state officers who will be attending a college/postsecondary school in the next school year. Visit: http://tinyurl.com/gw2hsht

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Scholarship

The NTHS annually awards a $1,000 scholarship to two high-school SkillsUSA members and two college/postsecondary SkillsUSA members who are also involved in NTHS. For details, visit: http://tinyurl.com/p7xu978

Robert Flint Student Leadership Development Scholarship

SkillsUSA members with financial needs may be eligible for this scholarship to attend SkillsUSA’s Leverage, Activate and Engage conferences in June or the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) in September. Four scholarships of $1,300 will be awarded to attend the Leverage, Activate and Engage conferences, and four scholarships of $800 will be awarded to attend WLTI. Nominations must be made by a state association director. For details, contact your state SkillsUSA office.

Robert Flint Leadership Award

The elected national high-school and college/postsecondary SkillsUSA student presidents are awarded $1,000 leadership scholarships at the completion of their term.

Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship

Through a donation from the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship fund, the Athens, Tenn., McMinn County Vocational Center and SkillsUSA alumni association offers $500 to a graduating SkillsUSA member for continuing education in college or technical school. Visit: https://tinyurl.com/hsttdp6.

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation Competitor Scholarship

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, offers a travel scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who have competed and placed first in their state association competition. Visit: https://tinyurl.com/hynquln

SkillsUSA Championships

Scholarships are offered through the national headquarters to winners of the SkillsUSA Championships. Most scholarships are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners (gold, silver and bronze medalists). In most cases, these scholarships are applied directly to tuition and education expenses. Medalists also receive tools, software and other awards. For complete details, go to: http://bit.ly/1Frc7f1