Education & Scholarships
While many construction jobs do not require a post-high school education, you may wish to pursue further education. Here are some of the colleges and universities that offer programs related to the construction industry along with local scholarship opportunities.
Colleges & University Programs
with Construction Management Curriculums in Michigan
(may not include all possible colleges/universities)
North Central Michigan College (Petoskey) Fast-track HVAC; Associate Degree programs
Northwestern Michigan College (Construction Technology - Electrical) (AAS) (Traverse City)
Kirkland Community College - Kirkland has locations in Grayling and Gaylord, MI, and offers training for the following careers related to construction:
Home Builders Association of Northern Michigan - Building Industry Career Scholarship -
$1,000 award. The Home Builders Association of Northern Michigan has a Building Industry Career Scholarship Fund that was established in 2002 to benefit residents of Emmet and Charlevoix counties interested in a career in the building trades industry. Scholarship is for residents of Emmet or Charlevoix county seeking certification or a degree at a college, university, or technical school for a career in the building industry. This scholarship is also open to adults seeking continuing education or a career change. Selection is based on grades, record of work, attendance record, personal commitment, and a single-page essay answering “Why do you want to be part of the building industry?” Experience in the building trades is a plus. Contact the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Community Foundation for deadlines and an application. Awarded annually. Application is usually due in March.
Ferris State University - offers several construction management scholarships for students attending Ferris State.
Western Michigan University - Civil and Construction Engineering Excellence scholarship- Qualifications: Top students who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the merit scholarship; Students with financial needs as determined by the Western Michigan University Financial Aid Office who maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 for the financial needs scholarship; Full-time students during the academic year when applying. The scholarship award will be a minimum of $750 per semester ($1,500 per academic year). Must be attending Western Michigan University.
Northern Michigan University (NMU) - NMU offers several scholarships to students studying construction curriculums. The William Pulte Scholarship, a $5000 scholarship, is for juniors and seniors at NMU. Student must reside in the U.S.
Western Michigan University offers several scholarships for students in the Civil and Construction Engineering curriculum.
Eastern Michigan University - offers several construction management scholarships for students attending EMU.
Associated General Contractors offers several construction curriculum scholarships to students attending accredited Michigan universities.
National Association of Women in Construction - offers scholarships
National Association of Home Builders - Women in Building scholarships
SkillsUSA - offers scholarships. Applications are accepted from Dec 1 to April 1 for the following academic year.
Home Depot Path to Pro Scholarships - To be eligible for the Home Depot Foundation’s Path to Pro Scholarship, applicants must meet these requirements: be a high school senior, high school graduate or have a GED equivalent; plan to enroll, or be enrolled, in an approved trade-related program at an accredited two-year school (technical/vocational school or college) in the United States; not be an employee or dependent of an employee of The Home Depot; and pursue a degree focused on carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing or construction management.
Northwestern Michigan College Scholarship - Must be a resident of one of the five counties we serve: Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau or Kalkaska County. Applicant’s chosen field of study must relate to the Home Building Industry, including construction trades and supporting industries; landscaping, mortgage lending, architectural design, kitchen design, accounting, energy, environmental, interior design, real estate, or utilities. Student must have a Minimum (cumulative) Grade Point Average of at least 2.5 on a 4-Point Scale (Student must provide a copy of the current transcript/grade report/Certificate of Completion). Student must demonstrate community involvement, leadership and/or service. Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of reference/recommendation as a supplement to their application - preferably written by an active member of the Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area.