Skilled Labor Shortage

Construction Trade Scholarships

Enter to Win 1 of 6
$2,500 Scholarships

HomeAdvisor will award $2,500 to six students who can devise a creative solution to America’s skilled labor crisis.


Eligible students are planning to attend a community college, technical institute, or university during the 2019-2020 academic year to study anything from construction management, plumbing or carpentry to landscape architecture or interior design. There is no minimum SAT, ACT or GPA. You must be 18 or older and a U.S. resident.

You must be:

A U.S. resident

18 years or older

Accepted to a college or university

Studying residential design, construction, or maintenance

How to Apply

Read the instructions below and write
a 1,000 to 2,000-word essay.

Complete the submission form by (THE NEWLY EXTENDED DEADLINE!):
Sunday, March 31st, 2019 (11:59 PM MT).

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Begin by reading the prompt and selecting a topic from below. Then, write your own 1,000 to 2,000-word essay. Essays will be evaluated for their creativity and originality, relevance to the topic, and overall quality. Need an example? Read last year’s winning essays.


Imagine a world — just 30 short years from now — in which no one knows how to build a house or fix a leaky toilet.

America is facing a problem that could make that kind of situation a reality: High school and college students have stopped pursuing careers in important skilled labor trades like plumbing, carpentry, and heating and cooling. As a result, there is a shortage of younger workers with the knowledge and skills necessary to take the place of older, retiring workers. This means that there may soon be few people who know how to perform the work that keeps our homes and businesses in good working order!

Pick your topic:

  1. How would you encourage your peers or others to pursue a career in construction or maintenance?
  2. What do you think trade professionals or organizations could do to engage, train, and hire young talent in the trades?
  3. What would you say to persuade parents, teachers, or others to educate young people about these job opportunities?

Add informative value to your essay:

  • Do research online to learn facts and figures about trade jobs and the labor shortage.
  • Interview local service professionals in the construction or maintenance industry.
  • Talk to peers, parents, teachers, school counselors or administrators.
Cite your sources using MLA or APA style! Plagiarized work will be disqualified.


HomeAdvisor will accept essays from August 30, 2018 – March 31, 2019 (11:59 p.m. MT)

Award Winners

On April 1st, our committee will begin reviewing applications. A panel of industry professionals will blindly review finalist essays and select the winners. We’ll work hard to review your applications and contact the six winners as quickly as possible.

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Previous Scholarships

In 2018, HomeAdvisor Pros selected three, talented students to receive $5,000 scholarship awards. Hundreds of applicants from across the country applied. Read the winning essays to learn more about what professionals, educators and communities can do to solve the trade labor shortage.

Are you a pro? Want to get involved?

A panel of industry professionals will review up to ten finalist essays. If you are a HomeAdvisor service provider and want to volunteer for a first-look at student ideas, please email scholarships@homeadvisor.com by March 15th, 2019 to let us know that you would like to participate. If you are not a HomeAdvisor pro, sign up and send an interest email to get involved.