106 M State students awarded workforce scholarships

September 25, 2020

M State is pleased to announce the awarding of $265,000 in Workforce Development Scholarships to 106 M State students for the 2020-21 academic year. Students in more than 40 programs and on all four M State campuses were eligible for the awards.

The $2,500 Workforce Development Scholarships are funded by the Minnesota Legislature to help ease the shortage of skilled workers in high-demand career fields. The scholarships target students enrolled in the program areas of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, early childhood education, health care services, information technology and transportation.

“The Workforce Development Scholarships have an incredible impact on the students who receive these awards,” said M State President Carrie Brimhall. “These scholarship cover nearly half of the cost of full-time attendance at M State, greatly reducing the students’ need to borrow or work while they’re taking classes. We believe these scholarships mean students can be more successful in their studies.”

Scholarship recipients must be Minnesota residents, enroll in a minimum of nine credits per semester and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. For qualifying students, the scholarship can be renewed for a second year, bringing the total award to $5,000.

Scholarship recipients are enrolled in these M State programs: Automotive, Early Childhood, Civil Engineering, Computer Programming, Construction Management, Cybersecurity, Dental Hygiene, Diesel Technology, Digital Marketing, Electrical Line Worker, Electrical Technology, HVAC, Information Technology, Liberal Arts Transfer, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Medical Coding, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing and Plumbing.

The Workforce Development Scholarship program was launched by the Legislature in 2018 and expanded in 2019. A total of $8 million in Workforce Development Scholarships was awarded at Minnesota State colleges and universities in the current academic year.

For more information on Workforce Development Scholarships and eligible programs at M State, visit minnesota.edu/wdscholarships. Scholarship recipients were notified of awards in three rounds between July and September.