Students training for careers in four high-demand fields will be eligible for $2,500 scholarships next fall at Minnesota State community and technical colleges.
The new Workforce Development Scholarships will be offered to 400 students in programs in advanced manufacturing, health care services, agriculture and information technology, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
Last year, the Minnesota Legislature approved $1 million in state funds to create the scholarship program. College officials say they’re also working with business and industry to raise additional funds, including a $30,000 grant from the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association.
The scholarships are designed for new students enrolling this fall in associate degree, diploma or certificate programs at one of Minnesota State’s 30 two-year colleges.
“We are grateful to the Legislature for this investment and look forward to delivering an impressive return for the taxpayers of Minnesota,” said Devinder Malhotra, the interim chancellor, in a statement Tuesday.
Officials say students should contact the individual schools for more information.