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Thank you for your interest in the Upskill Vermont Scholarship program.

Please note that our full 2022 scholarship fund has been awarded and we are no longer accepting applications.

Eligibility Requirements

To participate, all applicants must be a Vermont resident, meet one of the following criteria and may not be enrolled full-time (more than 6 credits per semester) as an undergraduate or graduate student at a College or University:

  • You are unemployed or underemployed
  • You are seeking to transition to a job that provides better opportunities for economic advancement
  • You have incomes at or below 300% of the federal poverty guidelines (FPG) by household size. (For audit purposes, UVM reserves the right to request additional information to verify income. Please refer to the table for federal poverty guidelines)

 

Persons in family/household Annual Household Income (300% of the federal poverty guidelines)
1 $40,770
2 $54,930
3 $69,090
4 $83,250
5 $97,410
6 $111,570
7 $125,730
8 $139,890
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $14,160 for each additional person

When you’re thriving at work, Vermont is thriving too.

Upskill Vermont is committed to providing easy-access pathways that support eligible Vermonters’ pursuit of a rewarding career. We believe that by developing Vermonters’ professional skills through education and training designed for the real world, we strengthen our state, our communities, and our families.

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Opportunity for the Taking

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WHERE UPSKILL VERMONT COMES IN

Our mission: Keep Vermonters competitive — and happy — at work

Ready to take on a new role or pursue a career path you’ve always been curious about? Investing in advanced training can feel like a leap and a financial commitment. The Upskill Vermont Scholarship Program is here to support your goals with career guidance and advising support.

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General Information

Several websites provide information on different occupations in a range of industries. Each of these can help you find out more about a career you may be interested in or may help you find your next career.

Do you want to find a career that matches your interests?

  • When you choose a career that matches your overall interests, you’re more likely to enjoy your job. You’re also more likely to be successful.
  • CareerOneStop’s interest assessment, offered by the US Dept of Labor, will ask you a series of questions about what you like and don’t like to do. Then will match your likes and dislikes to careers.
  • Get started with your Interest Assessment.

Want to know what careers you can do with the skills you already have?

  • Your skills describe what you like to do and what you are good at. Being able to identify and describe your skills allows you to answer key questions at job interviews such as “What can you do for my organization?” and “What problems can you solve?”
  • In the workplace, there are two kinds of skills: technical skills, and soft skills. Both types are essential for success.The following resources, both sponsored by the US Dept of Labor, help you identify your skill strengths and match these to corresponding jobs:
    • Skills Matcher helps you identify your skills. Use it to create a list of your skills and match them to careers that use those skills.
    • O*NET look up your strongest skills to see which occupations match them best.

Job Search

Job search engines are a great place to start to better understand what opportunities are out there and the skills employers are looking for. These are a few examples of the many job sites out there.

General Employment Jobsites

Vermont Employment Jobsites

Community College of Vermont Links

Resources

Many articles and videos are available to help you improve or develop new skills employers are looking for or to better understand the changing career options in the market.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this scholarship program for?

This scholarship program is designed to provide career development and skills to eligible Vermont residents who are seeking education for professional growth and employment.

Who is eligible for the program?

This scholarship is for eligible Vermont residents who are looking to gain professional skills to help with a career path or job search. Eligible Vermont residents can take up to two (2) select courses for free (tuition only) in the scholarship award period. To be approved, follow the application and approval instructions.

Are current full time college undergraduate and graduate students eligible for Upskill?

No, current full-time undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible for Upskill Vermont scholarship funding. Part time undergraduate or graduate students taking fewer than 6 credits per semester are eligible to apply.

How do I register?

Registration opens on July 1, 2022. Browse the Upskill Vermont program/course(s) list and visit the program/course pages of interest to decide on the program/course(s) that are best for you. Beginning July 1, visit the program/course page(s) of your choosing. Click on the Upskill Vermont registration link and enter your information to register. That’s it!

Is there anything else I need to do to prepare for my program/course(s)?

Prior to starting the course, please refer to the program/course(s) page to identify any additional materials needed to complete the course. You will also receive instructions to access the optional orientation, which we highly encourage you to complete prior to starting your course.

How many registrations do I need to complete?

Two; you can take up to two courses. Each course will require a separate registration that are program specific. You are welcome to complete more than one application, but you will only be approved for a maximum of two (2) courses during the scholarship award period.

If I took advantage of 2 free courses for Upskill 2021, will I be eligible for 2 additional courses in 2022?

Yes! We are thrilled to offer Vermont residents an opportunity to take an additional 2 courses in 2022 even if they took advantage of the initial Upskill offerings in 2021.

What programs/courses(s) are eligible for Upskill?

The eligible programs/course(s) are listed here.

If I apply for a program/course(s) and am unable to start, can I use the scholarship for a future start date?

The scholarship is designed to be used for selected dates and program/course(s). Because there is limited availability of scholarship funds as well as course seats, it is not guaranteed that you will be able to move into another program.

Whom do I contact if I am unable to attend or complete my program/course(s)?

Due to the limited funds and available program/course(s) seats, we ask that you only apply if you are sure you can make the time to focus on the program/course(s). And – we understand that life happens. Please reach out to our Enrollment Coach team as soon as you realize you will not be able to complete the program/course(s).

Are Vermont high school students eligible for Upskill?

No, Vermont high school students are not eligible for Upskill Scholarships. However, please refer to the Vermont Dual Enrollment page to learn how Vermont high school students can take up to two tuition-free college courses. Tuition is fully reimbursed through a voucher system approved by their high schools.

Do I have to pay for additional books or fees related to the class if I received an Upskill scholarship?

Yes, you will need to purchase or provide any additional resources or tools that are not part of the program/course(s) fee. Refer to your program/course(s) page for any additional materials or fees that you will need.

What should I do if I have concerns about successfully completing the program/course(s) prior to registration?

The scholarship is intended to assist students in program/course(s) completion. With the limited amount of funds available for students, we ask that you strongly consider your commitment to completing the course of study. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with an Enrollment Coach if they have concerns or issues about starting or completing the program/course(s). You can reach the Enrollment Coach team at learn@uvm.edu.

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