Northland Awards $180,000 in Workforce Development Scholarships


Northland Awards $180,000 in Workforce Development Scholarships

Scholarships awarded to 72 area students pursuing high-demand career fields

September 18, 2020 – Northland is proud to announce the 72 recipients of the Minnesota Workforce Development Scholarship. Scholarships totaling $180,000 for the 2020-2021 school year will be awarded in this initiative.

Beginning in 2017, the Minnesota Legislature created the MN Workforce Development Scholarship allocating over $1 million in funds to encourage Minnesota’s graduating seniors to enter high-demand fields at one of Minnesota State’s colleges. The 2019 Legislative session resulted in a supplementary $2 million earmarked for students for this school year. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be enrolled in one of six high-demand career areas: advanced manufacturing, agriculture, early childhood education, health care services, transportation, or information technology.

“This initiative supported by the Minnesota Legislature highlights the giant impact that Minnesota State’s colleges have on the education of the state’s workforce. Their continued support is much appreciated,” states Northland President Dennis Bona. “We are excited to be able to award a large number of these scholarships to area students. The results should be a boon for Minnesota’s workforce.”

Since its conception in 2017, Northland has awarded over $282,000 in Workforce Development Scholarships.

“Before the pandemic, the State Legislature in Minnesota increased its funding this year for even more scholarships to students entering high-demand career areas. This fall, we are distributing 72 scholarships to students in qualifying programs at Northland,” shares Northland Foundation Executive Director Lars Dyrud, “The program has been successful so far in attracting students to these career fields and businesses that are in desperate need of qualified employees. Job openings in Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Early Childhood Education, Health Care Services, Information Technology, and Transportation continue to be high demand areas in the state and our region, and Northland offers programs in each of these areas. Having a $2,500 scholarship is a huge help to students and an incentive to complete their program.”

The Northland Community & Technical College Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the educational experience of students, offers scholarship opportunities semi-annually to current and incoming students. With the generous support and investments from individuals and local businesses, the Northland Foundation distributes over $150,000 annually in scholarships.

Congratulations to the following MN Workforce Development Scholarship recipients: (Students listed alphabetically by hometown)

Ada, MNEggenDestinyÿOccupational Therapy Assistant
Ada, MNPrunedaKristaNursing
Ada, MNVesledahlGretchenÿOccupational Therapy Assistant
Battle Lake, MNChristensenDillonParamedicÿ
Baudette, MNNordlofTannerAutobody Collision Technology
Brooks, MNWhalenNataliaÿNursing
Clearbrook, MNTaflinJackie LynnNursing
Crookston, MNBergquistKayleeÿRadiologic Technology
Crookston, MNBrandnerKennedyNursing
Crookston, MNMagsamRylieNursing
Eagan, MNGrannesCullenAviation Maintenance Technology
East Grand Forks, MNHolienColtenComputer & Network Technology
East Grand Forks, MNJordetEmmaÿNursing
East Grand Forks, MNLubinksiMadisonÿRadiologic Technology
East Grand Forks, MNOnyambuMaKennaOccupational Therapy Assistant
East Grand Forks, MNQualleySaraEarly Childhood & Paraprofessional
East Grand Forks, MNRosalesMaireSurgical Technology
East Grand Forks, MNUrnessRyanÿElectronics Technology
East Grand Forks, MNVatnsdalHaileyPhysical Therapy Assistant
East Grand Forks, MNViergutzKileyNursing
Erskine, MNKnutsonJayceeOccupational Therapy Assistant
Erskine, MNOslandDustinComputer & Network Technology
Fertile, MNOstenbergKarlyOccupational Therapy Assistant
Fertile, MNQualleyHeatherNursing
Fisher, MNClausonKelbyParamedicÿ
Fisher, MNSmithMylesWelding
Goodridge, MNBurnsMorganÿAnimal Science
Goodridge, MNHenricksonMaloniNursing
Greenbush, MNBlackHannaNursing
Gully, MNBeckettHavenEarly Childhood & Paraprofessionalÿ
Hawley, MNZingrafNickÿAviation Maintenance Technology
Karlstad, MNKlegstadJadaNursing
Karlstad, MNLindgrenMorganÿNursing
Karlstad, MNRindeBreAnnaNursing
McIntosh, MNNesteClarissaRadiologic Technology
McIntosh, MNSanderCarliePhysical Therapy Assistant
Middle River, MNWagnerAbigailRadiologic Technology
Minnetonka, MNOttJustinAviation Maintenance Technology
Moorhead, MNKorsmoAnnaRadiologic Technology
Newfolden, MNAndersonTessaNursing
Newfolden, MNDahlKeyleeNursing
Newfolden, MNShetlerKylieNursing
Oslo, MNÿGordonZoeyNursing
Plummer, MNNemecJustinÿAutomotive Service Technology
Princeton, MNLeidingJoshuaÿAviation Maintenance Technology
Red Lake Falls, MNBulgerOliviaOccupational Therapy Assistant
Red Lake Falls, MNHackett-UlrichRickeyAutomotive Service Technology
Red Lake Falls, MNKlippingLoganRadiologic Technology
Red Lake Falls, MNLarsonShawnaNursing
Red Lake Falls, MNMugaasShayleeNursing
Red Lake Falls, MNRondorfKendraSmall Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technicican
Roosevelt, MNOlsonColtonÿParamedicÿ
Roseau, MNDahlKateNursing
Roseau, MNGrindahl Jr.ÿDaleÿAutobody Collision Technology
Roseau, MNJacobsonAlexandraRadiologic Technology
Rosemount, MNDavisSammuelÿAviation Maintenance Technology
Salol, MNMillerTannerAutobody Collision Technology
Strathcona, MNGustColtenAutomotive Service Technology
Thief River Falls, MNBeckCarterAviation Maintenance Technology
Thief River Falls, MNBohnenkampAnnaNursing
Thief River Falls, MNGossCaseyÿNursing
Thief River Falls, MNNelsonMiahÿRadiologic Technology
Thief River Falls, MNPiersolCourtneyPhysical Therapy Assistant
Thief River Falls, MNRichardsTylerÿAutobody Collision Technology
Trail, MNHansonTylerÿAnimal Science
Tyler, MNWitteMadisonÿOccupational Therapy Assistant
Ulen, MNRodewaldDanielleAnimal Science
Wannaska, MNDiesenHannahNursing
Warren, MNBalzumAshiaNursing
Warren, MNRollerMackenzieNursing
Warroad, MNMartyCatherineAnimal Science
Waubun, MNMillerJacobÿNursing
For more information on scholarship opportunities available at Northland, visit or phone 1-800-959-6282.