Smidt Foundation


: Education


The Foundationís Harbor Freight Tools for Schools was established by Harbor Freight Tools founder Eric Smidt to support the advancement of skilled trades education in America. Believing that access to quality skilled trades education gives high school student pathways to graduation, opportunity, and good jobs, the Program aims to stimulate greater understanding, support, and investment by public entities and others in skilled trades education. The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in U.S. public high schools and the valuable work of teachers who inspire students to learn a trade that prepares them for life after graduation. Three first-place winners will each receive $100,000 with $70,000 going to their high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual skilled trades teacher or teacher team. Fifteen second-place winners will each win $50,000 with $35,000 going to the high school program and $15,000 to the teacher/team. Teachers whose school, district, or state policy prohibits receipt of the individual portion of prize earnings are eligible to apply on behalf of their schoolís skilled trades program. Details about the program and additional information can be found on the Web site

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