Christian Youth & Young Adults
Learning a technical skill is a very worthwhile way of making a living, praised by these spiritually encouraging words from Psalm 128:2
Trades training is a popular option for people who do not feel like a four-year bachelor's degree is the right fit for them. It allows you to spend less time in school and to learn skills that can quickly land you a relevant job in your field. Learning a technical skill is a very worthwhile way of making a living, praised by these spiritually encouraging words from Psalm 128:2:
"You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours."
An education in the trades can set you on a fulfilling career path that will allow you to directly earn the fruits of your labor. Nevertheless, it may still come with tuition costs that you find difficult to pay. The good news is that you might be able to receive scholarships from:
- The Federal Government
Federal aid for trades students doesn't have to come solely in the form of student loans. While student loans are an avenue you may want to explore, you should also find out if you are eligible for grants and scholarships which will not have to be paid back.
- Your Trade School
One of the best places to look for scholarships is at your trade school itself. Your school's website or brochure likely doesn't list all of the funding options that it offers, so it is a good idea to ask around at the Admissions or Financial Aid office to see if there are any scholarships you could apply for.
- Your Future Employer
Trade companies are always looking to find and secure skilled workers. One of the best ways for them to do so is to help trade students with their tuition in return for your agreement that you will then work for that company for a set amount of time after you finish your education. Get in touch with prospective employers to see if they offer any such programs.
- Other Commercial Financiers
Finally, independent commercial funding is another great option for helping you cover some of your tuition costs. Big home hardware stores such as Home Depot give scholarships to students who are learning certain trades. It is worth your time to find out if you qualify for sources of independent commercial funding
The Christian Work Ethic
"For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: 'The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.' We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat." (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12)
Christians are encouraged to earn a living by settling down and working hard at what they do. A job in the trades is a great way to keep yourself busy by performing valued work that pays well. Having a technical skill will provide you with the security that comes with knowing you can provide for yourself and your family if you put in the necessary effort. If this sounds like a good career path for you, then look into the above potential sources of funding and get started on a career in the trades today.
You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, righteousness, and uprightness of heart toward You. And You have shown him great kindness in giving him a son to sit on his throne this day. Now, O Lord, my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David and I am still a little child and do not know how to go out or to come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, so numerous that they can not be numbered or counted. Give Your servant therefore an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and bad, for who is able to judge among so great a people?