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Harbor Freight Tools for Schools to Award $1 Million to Skilled Trade Educators

By Ashley Reyes

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. The program, which encourages skilled trades education in American public high schools, will give away more than $1 million in prize awards to 18 teachers and their respective programs.

Twelve automotive teachers have been awarded the prize over the past three years, fostering an exciting future for the aftermarket industry. Instructors of transportation mechanics and high-school shop classes are encouraged to apply.

“Harbor Freight Tools for Schools aims to stimulate a greater understanding, support and investment in skilled trades education,” said Scott Springer, Educational Consultant at Harbor Freight Tools for Schools. “This award will help provide quality education to high school students while paving a pathway to opportunity, good jobs and a workforce for our country’s needs.”

Applications should reflect a strong evidence of past teaching success and future innovation, thoughtful and in-depth answers, and inspirational storytelling.

Three grand prize winners will receive $100,000, and 15 winners will receive $50,000, with awards to be shared between the winning skilled trades program and the teacher or team.

The deadline to apply is May 13. Finalists will be announced in July followed by the announcement of the winners in October.

To learn more, visit the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools website. Watch the video below with instructions on how to apply for the prize: