Graduating seniors and young adults 18-25 years old seeking professional development and technical training to pursue careers in local industries (automotive technology, aviation, building trades, culinary arts, healthcare, horticulture, landscaping, marine trades, and wind technology) are eligible for financial support to fund opportunities both on and off the Island. Financial support will be determined based on merit and need and will be sustained for the duration of the proposed educational or professional development plan.

Workforce Development Scholarship Selection Process

Phase 1
Applicants must submit Part 1 of the online application by February 16.

Phase 2
The MVYouth Advisory Board will review the information supplied in Part 1 and arrange informal interviews with competitive applicants in early April. Using our assessment tool, the MVYouth WDS Advisory Board will then select twelve semifinalists.

Phase 3
After receiving admission and financial aid information, semifinalists will submit Part 2 of the application by April 12.

Phase 4
The semifinalists will then return for more formal interviews in mid April.

Phase 5
The Board of Trustees will identify the WDS recipients before May 1. Scholarships will be awarded at the Class Night Award Ceremony in the Oak Bluffs Tabernacle in early June.

Application Links

Click the application links below to get started. Save your work as you go and submit your application when you are complete.  All application materials must be submitted electronically by the application due dates in order to be considered. Please email Lindsey Scott at if you have any questions.

Workforce Development Scholarship Application

Evaluation criteria

Year-round residents of Martha's Vineyard
Transcripts & grades
Career Experience & Goals
Financial need

Business Partners

The following local businesses are proud sponsors of this program. Each business has made a four-year pledge to contribute $1,000 annually. We are very grateful for their partnership.