The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) board of directors has increased the funding for the Trade Scholarship Program to $240,000 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2011.

The program was designed for principals and employees of regular member firms to offset the cost of business and industry-related education and training approved by the WFCA. Regular member firms are eligible to apply for an annual maximum cumulative total of up to $500. Approved programs qualify for reimbursement of up to 50% of course/tuition registration fees, and programs offered by the the International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) qualify for up to 100% reimbursement of course tuition.registration fees paid.

Up to $100 may be used for approved online training; reimbursement will be at 100% up to the maximum allowed. Scholarship funds may also be used for the WFCA’s Industry Certification Program and Certification renewal fees.

Checks should be made payable to the approved educational/training program provider, not reimbursed to the member business. Funds for this program are allocated quarterly on a “first come, first served” basic.

Applications must be received by the WFCA at least 30 days in advance of an approved program, but not more than 60 days in advance.

To view complete program guidelines and download the application form, visit www.wfca-pro.org and select “Trade Scholarship.”