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Courtney R. Smith Trades Scholarship

2 winners, $625 each
Application Deadline
Jul 31, 2024
Winners Announced
Aug 31, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Underrepresented minority
Field of Study:
Education Level:
Trade school student

The Courtney R. Smith Trades Scholarship was established to provide academic funding to minority males (18-26YO) who are pursuing careers in electrical engineering carpentry, mechanics, barbering, and/or non-traditional vocational careers that lead to a certification or degree. 

Mr. Courtney Smith was a Caribbean-American father who developed a deep passion for electrical engineering at a young age.  He spent nearly twenty years working as an Electrician with the IBEW LOCAL 3  in NYC. Over this time, he served in many roles; including serving as a foreman on some major electrical projects. He was proud of his work on buildings such as the Atlantic Terminal and the former World Trade Center.  In 2011, he passed away too soon after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Smith was fervent to motivate and encourage ambitious youth, and this scholarship was created to advance that mission. 

In honor of his life-long mission to advance the education of minority youth, the development of transferable skills, and fostering financial independence, his family created this fund for males pursuing vocational studies. 

Any male trade school student who is an underrepresented minority pursuing the trades may apply for this scholarship. Eligible candidates for this scholarship include those who identify as African-American, Hispanic or Latinos, and American Indians, or Alaska Natives.

To apply, tell us about your goals, your motivations, how this scholarship will support you and how you plan to advance your community using your trade.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Passion
Published February 8, 2024
Essay Topic
  1. How will this scholarship assist you with your studies?
  2. How will you use this scholarship to advance your community and your chosen field?
  3. What are some of your motivations to pursue this field?
  4. What makes you standout from other candidates?

400–3000 words


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jul 31, 2024. Winners will be announced on Aug 31, 2024.