The AVES Vocational Education Scholarship application is available to students by invitation only, who have been selected and nominated by specific faculty members as intended by the criteria provided.  If you have been nominated and invited to apply, please proceed with the AVES application.

Scholarship History:

Fred J. Aves was a lifetime inventor who developed several engineering products and innovations. Fred Aves believed in the importance of vocational education.  For most of his life, Aves made a living by working with his hands, and his philanthropic vision was to support young people with similar aspirations.  Founded after his passing in 1997, the Fred J. Aves Vocational Education Fund was established at the California Community Foundation through Aves’ will.  His goal was to give talented students with significant financial needs the means to pursue a vocational education.

Scholarship Award:     

$40,000 per awarded recipient.

This scholarship will be awarded to two (2) graduating seniors at $10,000 each year for four (4) years.


  • Lane Tech student with an expected Spring, 2023 graduation date.

  • Acceptance to an accredited technical school, trade school, community college or university in pursuit of a vocational education.

  • Significant financial need, scholastic ability, and above average grades with identified potential.

  • Enrollment in the following classes or pursuing similar fields in higher education or vocational specialty: Robotics, Aquaponics, Horticulture, Digital Imaging, Sound Engineering, Music Production, Forensic Science, Environmental Science, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science including Programming, Cyber Security, Web Development, Artificial Intelligence, and Innovation & Creation Lab.

  • Demonstration of a passionate interest in school and community involvement.

  • Intent to continue vocational education for the entire length of their (four year) college education. Students may lose eligibility if they abandon their vocational field of study, which is the intention of the AVES Scholarship.

  • Minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Faculty nomination required.

Essay [250-350 word maximum, length may vary]

Reflecting on your time at Lane Tech, please describe your personal strengths/achievements and why you feel that you are deserving of the AVES Scholarship.

The deadline for this application is Monday, April 10, 2023 at 5:00pm.