Hundreds of college-bound students across Minnesota now could be awarded workforce development scholarships worth $2,500 or more that will help them launch a career in a high-demand occupation in Minnesota. These scholarships were made possible by a appropriation from the Legislature.
The scholarships are for students pursuing careers within advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services, information technology, early childhood education, and transportation at any of the Minnesota State College two year institutions. Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State said “Workforce Development Scholarships have proven to be an effective tool for attracting students into these fields and helping them find a path towards a satisfying and well-paying career. We are grateful to the Legislature and the Governor for this opportunity, and we look forward to awarding these scholarships to help meet Minnesota’s workforce needs.”
The qualifying programs included advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care, and information technology. The scholarships covered approximately half the cost of tuition and fees for the required credits. As one sign of the impact these scholarships can have: many colleges raised additional funds from private sources to supplement the funds provided by the Legislature.
You can learn more about the scholarships and apply to the individual colleges at
The seven Minnesota State universities are eligible to award scholarships to students who received scholarships from a Minnesota State college and transfer into a corresponding bachelor’s program. Students who were awarded a scholarship to apply again if they have completed one academic term with a minimum of nine credits each and have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.