Skilled carpenter

2017 Scholarship Closed

The window for scholarship submissions has closed. Please revisit this page on August 10th, 2018 to find out whether we will offer scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Three talented students were selected out of hundreds of submissions sent from across the country. We’re proud to have offered this opportunity and learned from the students who submitted their ideas and plans to reverse the skilled labor shortage.

Read our winners’ essays to learn more about what professionals, educators and communities can do to solve the skilled labor problem.

7 Solutions to the Skilled Labor Crisis” by Chase O.
It’s A (Wo)Man’s World” by Alexandra G.
Post Hurricane Harvey – The Need for Skilled Labor” by Ryan T.

Win a $5,000 Scholarship!

Tell Us How You Would Solve America’s Skilled Labor Problem.

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’s 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!

Our challenge to you: How do we fix it?
HomeAdvisor will award a $5,000 scholarship to three students who can devise a creative solution to America’s skilled labor crisis — further detailed in HomeAdvisor’s 2016 Skilled Labor Shortage Report — by answering two questions:

  1. What would be your strategy for solving the labor shortage?
  2. What would you do to encourage others to attend a trade school instead of a four-year college?

Here’s what you need to know:

How to enter:
Simply email your well-developed, 1,000- to 2,000-word essay to (Be sure to proofread it first.)

HomeAdvisor will accept essays from March 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT).

Who is eligible:

  • High school seniors who’ve been accepted to a college or trade school
  • Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited college, university or trade school in the United States

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