The SC&R Foundation has greatly expanded its grant program for individuals wishing to further careers related to the crane, rigging and specialized transportation industry through continuing education courses or a vocational/technical college programs. Throughout the remainder of 2014, the Foundation intends to award up to an additional $25,000 in grants on a rolling basis.
Going forward, grants will be reviewed six times per year with deadlines at the end of every even month (Aug./Oct./Dec.) Applications are being accepted now and winners will be announced in September.
In a departure from previous policy, these grants are also open to the public rather than limited to employees or relatives of SC&RA member companies. This strategic change is among a number of steps the Foundation is taking to help member companies fill the industry’s labor shortage.
As always, recipients must use the grants to take a continuing education course or attend vocational/technical college and enroll in courses such as welding courses or diesel mechanics, which are vital to companies in the industry. Awards typically range from $1,000 to $5,000 each.
Previously this year, the Foundation awarded grants totaling $5,000 to three employees of SC&RA member companies. These awards were announced during the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 22-16, in Boca Raton, Fla. The Foundation also plans to continue awarding annual scholarships to students working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree in preparation for careers related to crane, rigging and specialized transportation. The applications for 2015 scholarships will open in September. Since 1986, the SC&R Foundation has awarded over $380,000 in scholarships and grants.
To learn more about the SC&R Foundation and apply for the grant, visit www.scr-foundation.org. Information is also available by calling (703) 698-0291.