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Below, you’ll find our original post from 2016. For updated information on the 2017 scholarship opportunity from My Service Depot (now $2000!), please visit https://www.smartservice.com/smart-service-scholarship/

Are you currently attending, or plan to attend, a college, university, or trade school with the intention of pursuing a career in a field service industry? Know someone who is? Well, we have some good news: a $1000 scholarship is being offered by My Service Depot for the 2017 Spring and Fall semesters!

The company, known for its Smart Service software, has chosen to offer the twice-yearly scholarship in light of the growing movement to better recognize alternative career paths after high school, as well as the chronic shortage of skilled workers. Says Creative Director Ben Yackshaw, “At My Service Depot, we feel that too much effort is spent directing young men and women to pursue traditional four year colleges and liberal arts degrees when those degrees don’t necessarily translate into good jobs for graduating students.  Meanwhile, many field service occupations that offer intellectually stimulating and well-paying work remain understaffed.”

The scholarship is open to anyone who’s enrolled or planning to enroll in a skilled trades program, and  has graduated high school in the last 15 years – or will have graduated at the time of receiving the award – with a 2.5 GPA or better. All that’s needed is either a video (5 minutes or less) or written essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the skilled trades. Video is preferred “both to increase the appeal of the opportunity and to emphasize traits (affability, presentation) we feel will better serve aspiring field service professionals in their chosen field.”

For full details and eligibility requirements, visit http://www.smartservice.com/scholarship.htmlentries for Spring 2017 must be submitted by Thursday, November 10th, 2016!

We think this is a great opportunity, and encourage everyone to spread the word!

5 Comments

  1. Boiler Repair Glasgow

    i wish this is something the uk government would implement and start funding more. we are always looking for apprentices at http://boilerrepairglasgow.com but having the additional funding from the government would really help improve the young apprentices wages.

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  2. Bruke

    There used to be a program like this in Canada go Job Start Future Skills. Were you granted $5,000 for each hire. We used it alot at http://www.brukeplumbing.ca until the new government decided to due away with it. Let’s hope they bring it back.

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  3. Paul

    I think Smart Service is awesome for putting together the scholarship promotion. There are many folks out here in North Carolina looking for a chance and provide for their families. We see alot of job related postings on our twitter feed and on our website at http://piedmontplumbingrepair.com

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  4. Jake

    We welcome trade scholarships at http://www.blackhallplumbing.co.uk/ and we think Smart Services are top notch for putting this together, well done!

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  5. Ray

    Great to see scholarships for the building trades… we at Midwest Plumbing Indianapolis feel that the plumbing profession is making a comeback and hope scholarships to encourage people to take of the trade will help. I sure hope to see this more and more as the importance of sanitary plumbing will not go away and the demand for skilled trades employees will be in higher demand as we move forward. Great to see! Check us out for possible opportunities, https://sites.google.com/site/midwestplumbingindianapolis/, as we continue to expand…

    Ray

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