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Smidt Foundation: Harbor Freight Tools for Schools

Deadline: May 21, 2021

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools is a program of The Smidt Foundation, established by Harbor Freight Tools Founder Eric Smidt, to advance excellent skilled trades education in public high schools across America. With a deep respect for the dignity of these fields and for the intelligence and creativity of people who work with their hands, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools aims to stimulate a greater understanding of and investment in skilled trades education, believing that access to quality skilled trades education gives high school students pathways to graduation, opportunity, good jobs and a workforce our country needs.

Applicants who teach skilled trades classes that emphasize the expert use of tools and materials to build, repair and maintain products and structures are welcome to apply. Most applicants will come from the following broad fields of trades education in public high schools:
* Agriculture Mechanics
* Carpentry
* Construction
* Electrical
* HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)
* Manufacturing
* Plumbing
* Transportation mechanics and repair
* Welding

It is also recognized that high school classes within these broad categories have a variety of names, focus areas and sub-specialties. Past winners of the prize have taught, for example, green construction, marine systems technology, diesel mechanics, advanced manufacturing and engineering. The common thread prize winners share is that their students work with their hands, using tools regularly throughout the course of study, to build, repair and maintain.

Amount: Approximately $1,000,000 is available to make up to 18 awards, including:
* Three awards of $100,000
* Fifteen awards of $50,000

Eligibility: Public high school skilled trade teachers may apply.

Link: https://hftforschoolsprize.org/

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