Sunday, February 21, 2010

Home Depot helps struggling tradespeople with scholarships

Job Front: Construction trade scholarships offered

Published: Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 - 12:00 am | Page 5B

Building a career in the construction trades? Home Depot wants to help.

The Atlanta-based home improvement giant recently rolled out its Trade Scholarship Program, offering $1 million in scholarships to craftspeople receiving training in the building and construction trades.

The scholarships will help pay for students' tuition and tools, said Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes.

The scholarship program, in its second year, comes amid difficult times in the building industry.

The $1 million fund will provide 500 $1,000 scholarships and matching $1,000 grants for qualifying trade schools.

"With the economy as it is and budgets the way they are, schools are struggling to find the basic things they need," Holmes said.

The Sacramento area has been especially hard hit by the housing crisis, contributing to a jobless rate above 12 percent.

"Times are tough, but there are skilled tradespeople still out there. There are a lot of contractors who are required to take continuing education. We want to do our part to encourage future tradespeople," Holmes said.

Apply online at For more information, visit the Web site or call (877) 743-5327.


Anonymous said...

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.............................................

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