Workforce Development Scholarships

New entering students enrolled in more than 40 M State programs are eligible to receive Workforce Development Scholarships for the academic year 2021-22. The scholarships, funded by the Minnesota Legislature, provide free aid of $2,500 per academic year ($1,250 per semester) up to a maximum of $5,000 over four semesters for students enrolled in programs in these areas:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Transportation

Scholarships totaling $265,000 will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to M State students, so apply early! Recipients will be announced beginning in May 2021.

How to apply

To be considered for the 2021-22 Workforce Development Scholarship, you need only to:

  • Apply to M State for an eligible program of study
  • Complete your FAFSA, and respond promptly to any emails sent by M State's financial aid team so your aid file is complete and "ready for awarding"

Criteria for applicants

  • Enroll in an eligible program
  • Be a Minnesota resident
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Enroll in a minimum of 9 credits per semester
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA

Scholarship awards

On May 1, Workforce Development  Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the following:

  • Date of application to the college (for an eligible program of study)
  • Date FAFSA was submitted

Preference also will be given to students whose federal and state grant awards will not fully cover the cost of tuition and fees. Scholarship funds are applied to student accounts after the drop/add period ends at the start of each semester.

Programs eligible for Workforce Scholarships


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Additional scholarship opportunities

Minnesota State Community and Technical College benefits from partnerships with two foundations. Fergus Area College Foundation supports the students and programs at M State's Fergus Falls campus, and M State Foundation and Alumni supports the college and alumni engagement on the Detroit Lakes, Moorhead and Wadena campuses. Visit their websites for information on additional scholarship opportunities from both foundations.

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