A total of 28 $2,500 Workforce Development Scholarships has been awarded to M State students enrolled this fall in high-demand programs on the college’s four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. The scholarships will cover approximately half of the cost of tuition and fees at M State and also are renewable for a second year.
The workforce scholarships, funded by a $7 million appropriation from the 2019 Minnesota Legislature, are designed for students pursuing career paths in the fields of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, information technology, health care, early childhood education or transportation at any of Minnesota State’s 30 colleges and universities.
Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra, on a statewide tour to promote the scholarships at member institutions, visited M State’s Moorhead campus July 10 in a joint event with Minnesota State University Moorhead.
“As I have traveled around the state, a theme that I consistently hear from employers is that Minnesota is facing a critical shortage of workers with the skills needed for high-demand occupations,” Malhotra 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.”
The 28 scholarships awarded by M State for 2019 include 10 given to new recipients and 18 awarded to returning students.
A total of 28 workforce scholarships also were awarded to M State students during the 2018-19 academic year, with 25 of those funded by state funds. The other three were funded by business and industry donors who partnered with Fergus Area College Foundation and the M State Foundation and Alumni to support the scholarships.
In all, nearly 670 Workforce Development Scholarships will be available to students at Minnesota State colleges and universities for fall 2019, and the total number will increase to 2,400 scholarships in the 2020-2021 academic year. Scholarship recipients must be Minnesota residents and enrolled in a minimum of nine credits in one of the program areas targeted by the workforce scholarships.