Minnesota State is excited to work with business and industry partners to supplement student scholarships in high demand career fields!

Beginning fall semester 2018, up to 400 new scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded to new students enrolling at any Minnesota State college for associate degree, diploma, or certificate programs that prepare graduates for careers in high demand sectors including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services, and information technology.

workforce students

For more information and success stories, see our colleges below. Also, follow us on social media and reference #MinnStateWorkforce, #MinnStateScholars, #MinnStatePartners, #MinnStateGrads, #MinnStateStories.

College Contacts:

Emily Geris
Financial Aid Coordinator
emily.geris@alextech.edu

Linda Dolan
Senior Director of Individual Giving
320-762-4439
lindad@alextech.edu


Testimonials 

This scholarship has helped me a lot financial with paying for tuition for the fall semester. This scholarship made it possible for me to pay the tuition fees without having to take out a student loan.
--Benjamin Laing, Mechanical Drafting Design & Engineering

Just today, I registered for my second semester courses. The MN State Workforce Development Scholarship has helped me get this far. Such award has covered for a great amount of my first semester tuition and fees. Because of this award, I have been able to dedicate more time to my studies and succeed. It has relieved economic stress and has helped me meet many of my personal, educational and health needs. I am thankful for all that the MN State Workforce Development Scholarship has done for me.
--Jaime Martinez Botello, Practical Nursing

Receiving the Minnesota State Workforce Development Scholarship for the amount of $1,250 so far was very beneficial for me as a student. I currently live with my parents about an hour from Alexandria Technical and Community College which means I commute every day. This scholarship helped offset my tuition payments leaving me in a better financial position to purchase fuel every week and help maintain my vehicle.
--Daemon Pierskalla, Mechatronics

Receiving this scholarship helps me pay for my tuition for college so that I can graduate with a degree. With that degree, I will be able to get into a good job for myself in the future. I really appreciate the year-long support of this scholarship.
--Abbie Buermann, Mechanical Drafting Design & Engineering

Obtaining this scholarship has helped me pay for my continuous education. I was able to lower my working hours and have more time for studying, so I could stay more focused on homework and assignments. This scholarship also reduced the stress of how I would pay for gas money for my daily driving to college.
--Martha Garcia Miranda, Practical Nursing

Living a college student life has taught me many interesting lessons. One of them is that money is essential while you are in the process of becoming an adult. You start paying the apartment rent, your food, and the school books and you realize that living alone is harder than what you thought it was going to be. I am very grateful for the Workforce Development Scholarship because it has helped me in my financial problems and has made me focus on my studies. Right now I'm doing very well in college. My grade point average is above three, and I will keep working to get better grades. Thank you for giving me this financial opportunity, it is absolutely helping me through this new phase in my life.
--Miguel Gonzalez, Cybersecurity Virtualization & Networking

This scholarship has helped me tremendously! With this scholarship, I don't have to worry much about money for my schooling. Because of the scholarship, I am able to focus a lot more on my school work and studies and have been able to get better grades because of it. It has opened new doors for me and because it has been offered to me it has given me great confidence in what I can do with my schooling.
--Nicole Stoen, Health & Fitness

 

College Contact:

Lisa Harris
Educational Services
763-433-1292
lisa.harris@anokaramsey.edu

College Contact:

Joy Bodin
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
218-855-8058
jbodin@clcmn.edu

College Contacts:

Pakou Yang
Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
651-779-3288
pakou.yang@century.edu 

Jenni Swenson
Vice President of Academic Affairs
651-779-3493
jenni.swenson@century.edu 


Fall 2018 Century College Foundation Workforce Development Scholarship Recipient:

"Thank you so much for this opportunity to show the world what I can do.

Not so long ago, I never believed I would be capable of much in life. That I’d never amount to more than another average employee working only a semi-skilled job and without even so much as a clue as to what it might be.  

However, that self-imagery changed in me when I took my first computer class. It was a very basic class that ran for only half the year and gave students only the most broad understanding of computers and their workings. Initially, I only took the class for two reasons. The first being I knew the teacher who would be instructing that course from a previous class and already had a liking for him. And the second reason being my feeling of being left behind in the digital and real world due to our society's ever growing integration of technology in our lives and my lack of its understanding. Admittedly, all summer long in my leading up to that class, I was exceptionally anxious and almost pulled out twice due to my growing fears of failing and hurting my GPA. But, after some frustrations and a bit of extra help, I grew to adore coding and all the rest of the computing class. The satisfaction I felt when I began to understand the terminology and code was amazing to someone who never had a clue as to understanding a computer such as myself. Not only that, but the joy I felt upon making my own working website was overwhelming.  

Suddenly a world of career possibilities began to take light in me and my desire to strive for a degree in computers such as Information and Technology was ignited.  

So now, receiving so much support from sponsors and donors like you only helps but to fuel the flames of my passion for classes such as those and help me achieve my dream of being able to someday work a technology related field, most desirably coding or cyber security.  

I am deeply appreciative of your generosity and support and will do everything I can in my power to make sure this kindness and opportunity does not go to waste. 

Thank you so much for all of your help and support, Emma"

College Contact:

Michelle Davis
Foundation Director
(651) 423-8236
michelle.davis@dctc.edu


Award Recipient Testimonial

Halle Garcia, 17, is the recipient of a $2,500 workforce development scholarship for school year 2018-2019. Halle will be graduating form Champlin Park High School this spring 2018 and has enrolled at DCTC in Dental Assistant.  Halle says "I just feel very fortunate about receiving a scholarship that will help me out a lot financially." Learn more about Halle Garcia and the scholarship program.

College Contact:

Anna Fellegy
Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs
218-879-0878
afellegy@fdltcc.edu

College Contact:

Nairobi Abrams
Executive Director
763-488-2401
nairobi.abrams@hennepintech.edu

College Contact:

Stephanie Skraba
Director of Financial Aid and Enrollment Management
stephanieskraba@hibbing.edu

College Contact:

Aaron Salasek
Director of Outreach and Recruitment
651-450-3611
ASalasek@inverhills.edu


Award Recipient Testimonial

Ethan Macal, 18, is the recipient of a $2,500 workforce development scholarship for the school year 2018-2019. Ethan will be graduating Eagan Senior High School this spring 2018 and has enrolled at IHCC in Computer Science. Ethan says "I feel honored and privileged to receive this kind of help for my future." Learn more about Ethan and the scholarship program.

College Contacts:

Nathan Wright
Financial Aid Director
218-322-2323
nathan.wright@itascacc.edu

Bart Johnson
Provost
218-322-2388
bart.johnson@itascacc.edu

College Contact:

Daniel Fanning
Director of Institutional Advancement
218-733-6945
daniel.fanning@lsc.edu

College Contact:

Jodi Pontinen
Director of Financial Aid
j.pontinen@mesabirange.edu

College Contacts:

Lauren Poptempa-Giamarese
lauren.potempa-giamaresa@Minneapolis.edu

Matthew Crawford
Dean of Enrollment
612-659-6701
matthew.crawford@Minneapolis

College Contacts:

Sandy Ernst
Financial Aid Counselor
507-453-2712
sernst@southeastmn.edu

Tammy Vondrasek
507-453-2639
tvondrasek@southeastmn.edu

College Contacts:

Peter Wielinski
Vice President, Chief Student Development Officer
218-631-7810
Peter.Wielinski@minnesota.edu

Lori Larson
Executive Director
218-736-1514
lori.larson@minnesota.edu

Denise Laymon
Chief Development and Alumni Officer
218-846-3720
denise.laymon@minnesota.edu


Partner Testimonial:

I am so excited for the opportunity my students have from the Minnesota Work Force Development Scholarship.  Because of the expense, post-secondary education can sometimes seem out of reach for so many deserving students.  Receiving a significant scholarship can be just the thing to encourage doubting young people to further their education.  I am so happy that two our our very deserving Frazee students applied and will receive a scholarship through the Work-Force Development Program.  As a school counselor, things like this can really make a difference for our kids. Thank you so much for all you do for kids. ~ Theresa (Ta) Fett, Licensed School Counselor and Frazee Fly Girls Dance Team Coach, Frazee High School

College Contacts:

Amber Luinenburg
Director of Marketing, Enrollment, and Communication
507-372-3499
amber.luinenburg@mnwest.edu

Katie Heronimus Director of Admissions, Registration, and Financial Aid
507-372-3455
katie.heronimus@mnwest.edu

Michael Van Keulen
Executive Director
507-223-1329
Michael.VanKeulen@mnwest.edu

Julie Bredeson
Financial Aid Director
julie.bredeson@mnwest.edu

 

 

College Contacts:

Jennifer Lefler
Director of Marking and Communications
952-358-9375
jennifer.lefler@normandale.edu

Steve Geller
Director of Marking and Communications
952-358-8954
steve.geller@normandale.edu

College Contact:

Steve Yang
Financial Aid
763-424-0805
syang@nhcc.edu

College Contact:

Lars Dyrud
Executive Director
218-683-8616
lars.dyrud@northlandcollege.edu

College Contacts:

Darrin Strosahl
Vice President of Academic Affairs
218-333-6613
darrin.strosahl@ntcmn.edu

Doreen Kuhrke
Assistant
doreen.kuhrke@ntcmn.edu

College Contact:

Sandi Carlisle
Executive Assistant to the President
320-629-5140
sandra.carlisle@pine.edu


Success Stories:

College Contact:

Barb Fisher
Foundation Director
218-280-2357
barb.fisher@rainyriver.edu

 

College Contacts:

Jim Rice
Financial Aid Director
320-222-7474
jim.rice@ridgewater.edu

Kelly Magnuson
kelly.magnuson@ridgewater.edu

College Contacts:

Jim Rice
Financial Aid Director
320-222-7474
jim.rice@ridgewater.edu

College Contact:

Beth Diekmann
Director of Financial Aid
507-285-7467
beth.diekmann@rctc.edu

College Contacts:

Adam Johnson
Director of Financial Aid
adam.johnson@saintpaul.edu


Award Recipient Testimonial:

"... I've always dreamed of being the first one in my family to go to college with all the hard work and dedication I've consistently carried on I feel as if i deserve this scholarship. With my income being low, this scholarship will definitely give me a boost and help me afford college. I am incredibly interested Surgical technology and gaining knowledge in the medical field. This would be an honor and an amazing opportunity to help the world become a better place."  ~ Demilion Randle, enrolled in Surgical Technology AAS degree at Saint Paul College

College Contact:

Jayne Dinse
Director of Financial Aid
507-389-7269
jayne.dinse@southcentral.edu

 

College Contact:

Anita Baugh
320-308-5936
abaugh@sctcc.edu


Success Stories:

College Contact:

Shannan Harding
Director of Financial Aid
s.harding@vcc.edu