There are many scholarships for students interested in construction careers. Some are specficially construction scholarships in Chicago or construction scholarships in Illinois, and some do not have location requirements.  Read on for details on different construction scholarships.

The Builders Scholarship Foundation supports future construction leaders by offering renewable scholarships to qualified college students who meet particular criteria and are  studying construction engineering or construction management. The 2015-16 application is now available; submissions are due on or before October 31.  Applicants will be notified of status by the end of the year; interviews will be conducted in early 2016.  Note: mechanical engineering students are now eligible to apply as well as civil and environmental engineering candidates.

Candidates must:

    Be a graduate of a Chicagoland area high school (16 counties in Illinois, southeast Wisconsin and northwest Indiana)
    Major in Construction Management or Construction Engineering (civil/environmental/mechanical)
    Attend an accredited institution from the schools listed in the application (in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa or Michigan)

For more information please contact the Builders Scholarship Foundation office.

Scholarship applications are being taken for the AGC of America Education and Research Foundation‘s undergraduate and graduate programs. College sophomores and juniors enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time, four-or five-year ABET or ACCE-accredited construction or civil engineering program are eligible to apply. High School seniors and college freshmen are not eligible.

Our renewable scholarships are worth $2,500 per year for each year of undergraduate study, up to a maximum of $7,500. Over 100 scholarships are awarded each year.

College seniors enrolled in an undergraduate construction or civil engineering degree program, or others possessing an undergraduate degree in construction or civil engineering are eligible to apply. The applicant must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a graduate level construction or civil engineering degree program as a full-time student.

The SIBA Scholarship fund was established to provide scholarships for students pursuing a degree in the field of Construction Management / Construction Related Engineering / Architectural.  The minimum requirements for scholarship applicants are as follows:

  • Have a cumulative minimum grade point average of a 3.0 / 4.0. 
  • Have a career goal in the Construction Management / Construction Related Engineering / Architectural field.
  • Submit a personal recommendation from a person unrelated to the applicant.
  • Planning to enroll as a full-time student and maintain full-time student status (12 hour minimum).
  • The applicant is required to show evidence that they are related to (as an immediate family member defined as spouse, parents and grandparents, children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters, mother-in-law and father-in-law, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law and sons-in-law or related by way of legal guardianship) an individual employed full-time by an SIBA Member firm for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Applicants are to submit a typewritten report (minimum of 500 words) on career goal and what events they have experienced in their life that made them decide to pursue a career in the construction field.

This Chicago area organization (CISCO) has two scholarship programs:

CISCO Scholarship:  Provides financial support to college-bound children of building trade union members and employees of union contractors. Four $2,000 scholarships will be awarded each year to children of a member of a trade union affiliated with CISCO or to children of nonbargaining unit employees of a union contractor affiliated with CISCO.

CISCO Continuing Education Scholarship:  Provides financial support for CISCO members who are working in the trades or are employees of CISCO contractors who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at a community college or a four-year accredited college or university. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded each year.

HCSS has launched its Construction Intern Awards, in which it will be awarding a total of $22,000 in college scholarships to students in construction-related fields. The top winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, and four additional finalists will each get a $3,000 scholarship, along with the chance to win other prizes. Eligible internships include any construction internships of at least two months in length that occurred during the recent school year or ensuing summer. Entrants must have been enrolled in a college, university, or trade school for the 2014-2015 school year. To enter, students simply need to register and fill out a brief questionnaire with a summary of their work.

Many apprentice programs have additional scholarship opportunities.  Please contact the specific trade's apprenticeship coordinator for more information.

Many state schools of higher learning have additional scholarship funding opportunities.  Please contact training facilities and schools in which you are interested.