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What is the MPMA Education Foundation?

The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association's Education Foundation was formed to address the shortage of people entering the manufacturing field by supporting students, school technical programs, and educational institutions.

  • The Foundation awards scholarships in amounts ranging from $500 - $1,000 to help motivated students with an interest in manufacturing get the training they need to become successful in the field.
  • We also support the institutions that are responsible for training our students. The Foundation donates money to schools to help them finance the purchase of much-needed new equipment and software. Providing them with the necessary tools for properly educating our youth ensures that new employees are ready and prepared for their careers in manufacturing.

$30,000 Donated to Help Fund Minnesota State Scholarship Program

The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) Education Foundation presented Minnesota State with a contribution of $30,000 on January 23, for scholarships that will be offered to new students entering advanced manufacturing programs at Minnesota State colleges. The contribution will supplement scholarships that are being offered under the Workforce Development Scholarship program beginning Fall, 2018.

Initially funded by a $1 million appropriation from the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature, the Workforce Development Scholarships will be available to new students enrolling at any Minnesota State college in associate degree, diploma, or certificate programs that prepare graduates for careers in high demand sectors including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services, and information technology. Business and industry partners have the opportunity to supplement these scholarships through private contributions -- the MPMA contribution will be used to supplement scholarships offered to students entering advanced manufacturing programs.

“The colleges of Minnesota State play a critical role in developing the skilled workforce that manufacturers in Minnesota need in order to thrive,” said Amy Walstien, Executive Director of the MPMA. “These workforce development scholarships will encourage more students to enter the exciting fields of advanced and precision manufacturing, and the MPMA is pleased to offer our support.”

Students interested in learning more about these scholarships or applying for admission, or employers or associations interested in funding scholarships within specific sectors should contact any of the 30 colleges of Minnesota State.

“Minnesota State delivers the highest value, most affordable higher education option in the state,” said Devinder Malhotra, interim chancellor of Minnesota State. “This very generous contribution from the MPMA will make the Workforce Development Scholarships go even further for our students, and will advance our ability to meet the pressing need for a talented workforce for manufacturers in Minnesota.”

Education Foundation Awards 2017 Scholarships

Nine students have been awarded a total of $8,500 worth of scholarship from the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association's Educational Opportunities Foundation.

The students are enrolled in manufacturing programs at Pine County Technical College, Alexandria Technical and Community College, South Central College, Bemidji State University, University of North Dakota, Central Lakes College, and South Central Technical College.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners.

» Learn more about the MPMA scholarship application process.

» MPMA Scholarship Application

Shoot for Scholarships is Each Fall

Each fall MPMA members come together for the MPMA Education Foundation's Annual Shoot for Scholarships program at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake.

Bring your co-workers, friends, colleagues, and customers for an afternoon of shooting sporting clays while raising money for the MPMA’s Education Foundation. Cost is $150 per person, or, $850 for a group of 5, plus station sponsorship. This includes sporting clays at 18 stations. Bring your own guns/shells/hearing protection, or rent/purchase them from the club at $15 per gun, $8.50 per 25 shells, and 50 cents for earplugs.

There are also a variety of sponsorship opportunities including: Station Sponsor, Gun Board Sponsor, Shell Sponsor, On-Course Beverage Sponsor, Cocktail Sponsor, and Lunch Sponsor.

Watch for more details in the "Events" section on this website in late summer.

Donate to MPMA Education Foundation

Donating to the Foundation helps ensure a strong and viable workforce for the future. Your support has a direct impact on the future of precision manufacturing in the state of Minnesota.

To learn more about how you can donate to the Foundation, please call us at 952.564.3041.

> Make a Donation to the Education Foundation (PDF)