Harbor Freight Tools for Schools is a program of The Smidt Foundation, established by Harbor Freight Tools Founder Eric Smidt, to support the advancement of skilled trades education in America. With a deep respect for the dignity of these fields and for the intelligence and creativity of people who work with their hands, this program was created to foster and shine a light on excellence in skilled trades education in American public high schools. Believing that access to quality skilled trades education gives high school students pathways to graduation, opportunity, good jobs and a workforce our country needs, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools aims to stimulate greater understanding, support and investment by public entities and others in skilled trades education.
One of the flagship programs of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools is the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which awards more than $1 million to skilled trades teachers in public high schools across the United States. To learn more about the prize or about Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, please visit HarborFreightToolsForSchools.org.
In support of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools program, Harbor Freight has created the Spark Award, a grant program that donates tools to skilled trades classrooms in public high schools, with a focus on under-resourced communities. If you are a skilled trades teacher (carpentry, welding, plumbing, green construction, automotive, etc.) in an American public high school with a classroom need for tools, you may request a gift card donation by submitting a HFT Spark Award Request Form.