Scholarship Opportunities for CTE Students

Career and Technical Education prepares students for careers. Students may find employment upon graduating high school, decide to enroll at a two- or four-year college or do a combination of both. Scholarships can help students achieve their career goals by lessening the financial burden.

 Scholarships listed here fall into one of three categories:

  • BOCES2 specific, including those that are only available to Career and Tech Ed students
  • Local scholarships
  • Scholarships related to career and technical education

2021 Scholarship Opportunities

Mahany Welding Supply /Miller Electric Scholarship
This scholarship is for a student residing within American Welding Society District 6 and attending or enrolling in the welding program at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. Two $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually. Click here to go to the American Welding Society application. Application deadlines: March 1, 2021 or November 30, 2021, depending on selected scholarship. 

All Scholarships listed below are closed for applications in the 2020-21 school year. 

ACTEA Outstanding CTE Student Award Link to Application
The Outstanding CTE Student honor is a $250 award that is presented to a CTE student who has successfully completed a 2-year program at WEMOCO. The student must have demonstrated leadership abilities and must be eligible to receive a technical endorsement on their high school diploma.  

Cameron B. Estes Scholarship Link to Application  
The Cameron B. Estes Scholarship will award $1000 each to two seniors completing a program at WEMOCO. Students must have pursued a self-directed project outside of school and work, demonstrating a creative use of leisure time. Awarded scholarships are to be used towards further education or a professional pathway. 

Donald F. and Maxine B. Davison Scholarship  Davison Info Sheet  -  Davison Application
The Donald F. & Maxine B. Davison Foundation has dedicated a scholarship fund to be awarded in increments up to $2500, to students in the communications, engineering or nursing fields who have demonstrated a strong will/desire to work hard to achieve academic goals. 

John M. Dennis Scholarship Info Sheet and Application
The John M. Dennis Scholarship Fund was established to award $500 to a deserving WEMOCO student annually. The award is intended to be used towards college or for preparing for a career. 

Make All the Difference Scholarship of the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Educational Foundation 
These scholarships are for Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES students in alternative or non-traditional programs. There are two categories: scholarships for eligible expenses up to $5,000 for college or career/technical school, and awards up to $500 for apprenticeships and other career training. The Foundation was established in 2002 to support students for whom alternative education has made all the difference. 

The Rochester Home Builders Association Scholarship Link to Application
This scholarship will award $1000 to a deserving CTE student from WEMOCO. The award is intended to be used towards college and/or job specific training. Students completing a CTE program in the construction cluster are eligible. 

The ROMOLD, Inc. Scholarship Link to Application
ROMOLD, Inc. has dedicated a $500 scholarship to be awarded annually to a deserving WEMOCO student in the Engineering and Fabrication: Machining program on the path to manufacturing as a career. The intent is to provide one-time funding to a student to use for tools for the machining trade and/or related educational expenses. 

Victor and Janet Salitan Scholarship Salitan Info Sheet  -   Salitan Application
Two deserving career and technical education senior students who have earned distinction will be selected by the scholarship committee. There will be two scholarships presented; one for $5,000 and one for $2,500. The awards are to be used for educational expenses (tuition, books, supplies, fees, housing, etc.) at an accredited college, university, or technical school. 

The Career and Technical Education Student of the Year Award  Recommendation Form
This award goes to a course completer who demonstrates the highest levels of leadership, community service, and classroom/academic achievement.

John B. Barry Memorial Scholarship Award Recommendation Form
This award is presented to an outstanding Brockport student enrolled in either Auto Technology or Auto Body & Collision Repair Technology, on behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Brockport.
Ferris Goodridge Scholarship Award Recommendation Form
This award is presented to a student who will pursue a career in nursing, and has been accepted into a college-level nursing program. The award is sponsored by the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. 
Michael C. O'Laughlin Outstanding Senior Award  Recommendation Form
This award goes to a course completer who demonstrates the highest levels of leadership, community service, and classroom/academic achievement.

Dennis Pelletier Youth Hall of Fame  Link to Application
The Dennis Pelletier Youth Hall of Fame is an annual award that honors outstanding 11th and 12th grade students with special consideration for those who have overcome a life challenge or personal tragedy enroute to achieving success. The program is a partnership of the Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce and the Spencerport Federal Credit Union, corporate sponsor. Students must reside in the towns of Ogden, South Parma (zip code of 14559) or be a student in the Spencerport Central School District.  
Helen C. Moore Scholarship of the Spencerport Chamber of Commerce - Link to Application
The Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce will award a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who resides in the towns of Ogden, South Parma (zip code of 14559) OR who is a student in the Spencerport Central School District and who plans to continue his or her education beyond high school with a major or minor in business. 
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Greater Rochester Scholarship
Link to Application details
The scholarship program of the NAWIC Greater Rochester Chapter awards three $1,500 scholarships annually to female students entering the construction trades. One scholarship each is presented to a high school senior entering full-time schooling in a construction related field, an undergraduate/graduate student continuing their education in a construction related field, and to a female entering a training or similar program in the trades. The scholarship award recognizes their scholastic achievement, leadership, and goals as they look to continue their journey in construction. 

Nautilus Scholarship Link to Application
Rochester Area Community Foundation offers the Nautilus Scholarship which provides support to graduating high school seniors in Monroe County pursuing a degree in architecture, construction, construction management, or a related field, or a program leading to teacher certification in a STEM field. There will be one award of up to $1,250.  

New York Schools Insurance Foundation / New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) 
Link to application and criteria for all NYSIR Scholarships
Three scholarship programs are available to college bound students from NYSIR subscribing districts. 
  • THE BAMBINO SCHOLARSHIP is available to a special education student who has worked through his or her special challenges to complete high school and gain acceptance into a college or university. One statewide winner will receive a $5,000 award, one second prize winner will receive a $4,000 award and seven regional winners will receive $3,000 awards. 
  • THE JENSEN SCHOLARSHIP is available to a student who has excelled in design and who wishes to pursue this path in college. An overall winner will receive a $5,000 award and a runner-up will receive $3,000. 
  • THE GONCALVES STUDENT HUMANITARIAN SCHOLARSHIP is available to a student who demonstrates an involvement and work for a cause or organization that promotes social justice, equal opportunity, relief of human suffering or other humanitarian activity throughout their high school career.  An overall winner will receive a $5,000 award and a runner-up will receive $3,000. 
Orleans County Youth Recognition Award Link to Application
The purpose of this award is to recognize those youth who have performed an outstanding service for their community and/or have assumed an extraordinary role within their families by helping to support themselves. The award is sponsored by the Orleans County Youth Board. 

Rochester Area Community Foundation
Rochester Area Community Foundation's scholarship program offers more than 130 scholarship opportunities for students pursuing college, vocational training, or enrichment programs. Visit to review the Scholarship Booklet.
Rodney B. Janes Business, Vocational, or Technical Award Link to Application
This is a need-based scholarship for students attending or entering post-secondary business, vocational, or technical schools or programs in Monroe County, administered by the Rochester Area Community. 

School Administrators Association of New York State, Region 11, Scholarship Award - CLOSED - Link to Application
Entrants may win up to a $1000.00 college scholarship by writing a 500 hundred-word essay on the following topic: “A School Administrator Who Has Made a Difference in My Life.” (The administrator must be a SAANYS member in order for the essay to be considered.)
SUNY's Big Dreams, Small Step Campaign Link to Information
SUNY (State University of New York) has begun an initiative to assist students from low-income households and from underrepresented groups to provide additional support, resources, and guidance to help students navigate the admissions process. Support options include:
  • Designated Application Weeks feature individual appointments and personal support on the SUNY application (including assistance on how to apply to SUNY's Educational Opportunity Program). The first of these is March 15-19, 2021
  • Application fee waivers for eligible students, potentially adding up to $350 in savings when applying to multiple schools
  • SUNY's 'personalized support service' expansion to help applicants complete an application fee waiver and secure the endorsement of their high school counselor remotely
  • Enhanced 'College Advisor of the Day' programming, where high school students can book a focused, one-on-one conversation about SUNY's offerings and the application process
The William Morehouse Scholarship Link to Information and Application
This scholarship was instituted to assist students who are entering a course of study specific to the residential construction industry. Applications must be planning to attend a one-, two-, or four-year college or a certificate program. Applicant must desire and pursue a career specific to the residential construction field. The applicant is responsible for contacting NYSBA local affiliated Home Builders Association (HBA) for sponsorship and matching funds information. The scholarship awards a minimum of $500 per application per year, any may be renewable for the full tenure of undergraduate study in eligible fields. 

Thomas Olivo Leadership Award
Link to Application
This $500 scholarship is available to seniors who are enrolled in a Career and Technical Education program, who have actively participated in a Career & Technical Student Organization, and who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Two students will be selected from our local area zone of the New York State Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators.

Bryant and Stratton
PREMIER PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP - Up to $10,000 per academic year
HONOR PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP - Up to $9,000 per academic year
MERIT PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP - Up to $5,000 per academic year
CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) SCHOLARSHIP - Up to $4,000 per academic year
For more information about qualifying for a scholarship and other financial aid and scholarships offered by Bryant & Stratton College, visit or call the admissions office at a campus near you.
Horatio Alger Endowment Fund Scholarship Link to Application
The Career & Technical Scholarship Program funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund provides 1,020 scholarships up to $2,500 each. Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States. 

Mike Rowe Works Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Program Link to Application
Awards are available for students who are enrolled or will enroll in one of 17 skilled trade programs. Visit the website for full details. 

National Technical Honor Society NCCER & Build Your Future  Link to Application
NCCER is a nationally recognized education foundation for training, assessment, certification, and career development for the construction and maintenance craft professional. This new scholarship program will annually award five scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each. These funds are available exclusively for NTHS student members who are currently studying a construction related discipline. Scholarship winners will be chosen based on their academic merit. Students will need their NTHS login information to apply. 

National Technical Honor Society Jon H. Poteat Scholarship
Named in honor and memory of NTHS co-founder, the Jon H. Poteat Scholarship is reserved exclusively for current NTHS members who have not graduated. On May 15, 2021, NTHS will award 250 one-thousand dollar JHP Scholarships to eligible members. Visit the NTHS Scholarship site for application information. Students will need their NTHS login information to apply. 
National Technical Honor Society and SkillsUSA Scholarship Disclosure Statement and Link to Application
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. NTHS is honored to be partnered with SkillsUSA to promote their mission and provide four scholarships to active SkillsUSA members who are also current NTHS members in good standing. Eligible applicants must be a dues-paying member of both organizations. The requirements and criteria are decided by SkillsUSA. Visit the scholarship page for application instructions. 
SkillsUSA #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship Disclosure Statement and  Link to Application
Fine Homebuilding will be awarding at least twelve $2,500 scholarship awards to SkillsUSA high school or college/postsecondary students who will continue their education or certification in construction-related fields, including architectural drafting, carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical and residential wiring, HVACR, masonry, woodworking and plumbing.  

SkillsUSA Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship  Disclosure Statement and Link to Application 
Through a donation from the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund, SkillsUSA and the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Alumni Association are offering a $500 scholarship to a high school SkillsUSA senior to continue their education in college or technical school.