There’s little doubt that long-term career success requires a secondary education. But, there are some disagreements as to how it’s best to earn a degree or diploma. Advocates for traditional education often cite the following statistic: college graduates are likely to make at least $16,900 more (every year!) than people who only have a high school diploma.
However, there are some important things left out of that equation.

For example, people who pursue vocational training:¹

Earn an average starting salary of $42,000.

Students with traditional four-year degrees have earned an average starting salary of $27,000 since 2009.

Enter the workforce faster.

Trade school generally only takes two years, which means two extra years of work, for a total of $70,000 in additional income over those pursuing traditional degrees.

Find jobs faster.

At least, according to a 2012 study from Rutgers University, which found that vocational schools have job placement rates near 100%.

Not to mention, a traditional four-year program just isn’t practical for everyone. Large class sizes, rubric-driven assessments, and exams just aren’t as effective as hands-on training for specific, marketable skills.

When you consider that the average cost of a 2-year training program costs less than $40,000, while a 4-year degree may cost more than $100,000, vocational school becomes a significantly more practical option. But it stills costs money—on average, trade school graduates carry $10,000 in student loan debt.

We’ve got you covered. Check out this list of trade school grants and scholarships to help you pay for tuition, books, tools, and resources that are vital to long-term success.

Also, be sure to check out our list of scholarships available for study abroad and online programs.

Trade School Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

Donald and Shirley Hastings Scholarship

Undergraduate students
Value: $2,500

Donald and Shirley Hastings and the American Welding Society award a $2,500 scholarship to an undergraduate studying welding engineering, or welding engineering technology.

Air Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate students
Value: $2,500

The American Welding Society and Air Products awarding a $2,500 scholarship to a female enrolled in a two- or four-year welding-related program.

Willis H. Carrier Scholarship

Undergraduate students
Value: $10,000

The Willis H. Carrier Scholarship, in partnership with ASHRAE, awards $10,000 to students pursuing a HVAC&R profession. Applicants are required to be full-time undergraduate students.

Reuben Trane Scholarship

Undergraduate students
Value: $10,000

The Reuben Trane Scholarship, in partnership with ASHRAE, will award $10,000 to students pursuing a HVAC&R profession. Applicants are required to be full-time undergraduate students.

Frank M. Coda Scholarship

Undergraduate students
Value: $5,000

The Frank M. Coda Scholarship, in partnership with ASHRAE, will award $10,000 to students pursuing a HVAC&R profession. Applicants are required to be full-time undergraduate students.

Work Ethic Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate students
Value: varying

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation awards “a pile of free money” through the Work Ethic Scholarship. This scholarship is set up to financially assist students that wish to learn skills that are in high demand.

Tools Scholarships

Undergraduate students
Value: $1,000

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation awards fifty-six scholarships worth $1,000 each through the Tools Scholarship. This scholarship is set up to financially assist students in the purchasing of the tools they need to work.

DTC Scholarship

Graduating high school seniors
Value: varying

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation and Delta Technical College offer varying scholarships to graduating high school seniors that plan to enroll at Delta Technical College. Awards vary from $2,000 to fully paid tuition.

James Beard Foundation Scholarships

Undergraduate students
Value: varying

The James Beard Foundation has several scholarships and grants available for students studying a variety of culinary arts.

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¹http://www.thesimpledollar.com/why-you-should-consider-trade-school-instead-of-college/