Riverland SkillsUSA chapter receives Lowe’s grant for community service

Published 10:40 am Sunday, June 12, 2016

The SkillsUSA Chapter at Riverland Community College received a $22,260 grant from Lowe’s to help Austin homeowners in need.

With the grant, SkillsUSA students in the Austin chapter will design, build and install six handicap ramps for homeowners in need as determined by Habitat for Humanity.

“Lowe’s is committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work,” James Frison, director of community relations at Lowe’s, said in a press release. “We’re excited to partner with SkillsUSA and Riverland Community College to provide opportunities for students to apply their skills while giving back to their community.”

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14 other SkillsUSA chapters nationwide received grants in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. The local school grants are designed to strengthen local communities as they provide enhanced learning opportunities for students.

To apply for a grant, students completed a written application to detail their project, tell why it is important, how it will be conducted and the outcomes and benefits. Finalists were selected based on their proposal and supporting plans.