Grants and Scholarships Resource Center

This resource is designed to support career and technical education professionals and their students to seek support for their CTE programs and for funding assistance for tuition to pursue postsecondary CTE studies. Check back frequently as new programs are announced routinely.

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Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship Program

The Work Ethic Scholarship Program is about recognizing people who understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. These are hardworking men and women who will keep the lights on, water running, and air flowing. These are people who show up early, stay late, and bust their asses day in and out. These are the people Mike Rowe wants to reward.

To apply for the scholarship, enroll in an approved program, and sign the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge. There will be 4 questions about the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge you’ll need to answer, in addition to making a video. You’ll be ask to submit two references, high school or college transcript and your most recent 1040 tax form.

All applications must be received by May 6, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST. Feel free to visit the Mike Rowe’s Foundation Website for more information.

Agricultural Workforce Training Grant Programs

The Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $29 million in grant funding for their Education and Workforce Program (EWP), which includes the Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy and Agricultural Workforce Training Grants.

These programs, listed in more detail below, offer eligible institutions grants for professional development opportunities, in order to provide K-14 educators an increased awareness of food and agricultural science disciplines and career opportunities, and to help them develop an enriched curriculum for training the next generation of the agricultural workforce.

Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy Grant program: Participants are expected to develop skills necessary for integrating food and agricultural science concepts in their classes; explore the opportunities available in food and agricultural science career paths; and/or forge mentorships with professional and business leaders, and faculty. Grants can be for up to $300,000 for four-year projects. Deadline for submitting an application is June 13, 2019.

Agricultural Workforce Training Grant program: The goal is to expand job-based, experiential learning opportunities that lead to the development of the food and agricultural science workforce through curriculum development at community, junior, and technical colleges/institutes. Grants can be awarded for up to $500,000. Deadline for the Letter of Intent is June 11, 2019, and the application deadline is Aug. 22, 2019.

Institutions who are eligible to apply and receive grant funding under these programs include, but are not limited to land-grant institutions, for-profit organizations other than small businesses, individuals, nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, private institutions of higher ed, small businesses, state agricultural experiment stations, and state controlled institutions of higher ed.

For more information on the grants and submission details, please visit the grant announcement page on NIFA’s website.

The deadlines are June 11, and 13, 2019.

PAYA Grant Initiative

The Deadline for 2019 has passed.
Deadline for 2020: TBD

American Youth Policy Forum
The Deadline for 2019 has passed.
Deadline for 2020: TBD

Metallica Scholars Initiative
The Deadline for 2019 has passed.
Deadline for 2020: TBD

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize
The Deadline for 2019 has passed.
Deadline for 2020: TBD