Trade Scholarship

Funded by
Lesley Markievich
Learn more about the Donor
$1,500
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
3
Application Deadline
Mar 2, 2022
Winners Announced
Mar 31, 2022
Education Level
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Future Interests:
Trade school
Education Level:
High school senior, currently enrolled in Trade School
Future Interests:
Education Level:
Trade school
High school senior, currently enrolled in Trade School

Being skilled in the trades can lead to many career opportunities as there is a shortage of tradespeople. 

While vocational education enrollment dipped in the 1980s and 1990s, it has risen in recent decades due to the many fields that are growing without requiring a traditional four-year degree, such as infrastructure and manufacturing. As more jobs open in the trades, the next generation of workers needs to be supported throughout their education.  

This scholarship aims to help high school seniors in Ohio or Pennsylvania who are interested in attending trade school after graduation.  

Any high school senior who wants to go to a trade school, or any student currently enrolled in a trade school may apply for this scholarship opportunity.

To apply, tell us which trade or trades you would like to learn and how you picture your optimal career and life.

Published November 17, 2021
$1,500
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
3
Application Deadline
Mar 2, 2022
Winners Announced
Mar 31, 2022
Education Level
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Which trade(s) do you want to learn/ are you learning? How do you picture your best career/life?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Ian Youngkin
Steubenville High SchoolSteubenville, OH
I feel that I would be most interested to go into a trade such as carpentry, welding, or electrician. I have always wanted to work with my hands and provide something to my community. I feel any of these three trades could be the way to work with my hands for a career. I have always watched my dad always know how to fix things and make all kinds of things. He made the dresser that I have had in my room for around fifteen years. I would also like to provide people with quality work that is made to last. My pastor is a woodworker and he makes a bunch of crafts and wooden things for people. He is also quite happy with his life, possibly because he has a job that he loves. I watch plenty of YouTube videos of people making cool things such as guitars, robots, and simple crafts. I feel that one or all of the trade skills listed previously would help me to possibly be able to make a lot of cool things for myself and the people around me. I have always stopped to watch people try and fix things around me. I love seeing how things work and always try to figure out how some things work. I worked with my grandfather one summer at his upholstery shop. At first, I thought I was just hanging out with my grandfather and helping him, but actually, I was being taught how to use tools and how to work at an actual job(in addition to learning how to do some actual upholstery). This was my first real job experience, and I think it has shaped my mind to want to work with my hands. Though I just did a lot of the tedious work, I felt like I was working one on one with an actual customer. I have always been around my grandfather even when he worked as the upholster for a car detailing shop. I was allowed in his workspace and could always run around and learn things. These memories could be a part of why I like to work with my hands. I have taken two classes on drafting in high school. These classes could be helpful to me and my life because they teach me how houses are constructed(how to install plumbing, electricity, and much more). I have come to appreciate all kinds of architecture and have even designed an entire house of my own. If I were to be able to build this house in real life, I would be extremely proud of myself. My drafting teacher is one of the only teachers that have inspired me into a type of career. The background from this class could aid me if I were a skilled tradesman that helps to build houses. Overall, I feel like I want to work with my hands for a career. The trades I listed before are the three major options that I have for a trade job. The background from my drafting class and working with my grandfather will be a huge factor as to why I choose this profession. I feel that I could be happy and have a stable financial situation if I were to have one or all of these skills.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Mar 2, 2022. Winners will be announced on Mar 31, 2022.

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