information icon

Registration for Fall 2024 classes is now open. You can register today!

Northland Awards Additional $45,000 in Workforce Development Scholarships


Northland Awards Additional $45,000 in Workforce Development Scholarships

Scholarships awarded to students pursuing high-demand career fields

September 11, 2019 – Northland is proud to announce 18 additional recipients of the Minnesota Workforce Development Scholarship. This marks 26 workforce scholarships totaling $65,000 for the 2019-2020 school year. Earlier this spring eight recipients of the Workforce Development Scholarship were announced.

Beginning in 2017, the Minnesota Legislature created the Minnesota 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.

“We are thrilled that the Minnesota Legislature continues to recognize the importance of Minnesota State’s colleges in the education of the state’s workforce. Their additional support of this scholarship program will have a real impact on our communities,” states Northland President Dennis Bona. “We look forward to awarding these scholarships to help meet Minnesota’s workforce needs.”

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

Ada, MNEggenDestinyOccupational Therapy Assistant
Ada, MNVesledahlGretchenOccupational Therapy Assistant
Beltrami, MNQualleyHeatherNursing
Bemidji, MNForteDavidWelding Technology
Crookston, MNChristophersonTreyComputer & Network Technology
Crookston, MNDelormeEricHeating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning
East Grand Forks, MNUrnessRyanElectronics
Karlstad, MNLindgrenMorganNursing
Minnetonka, MNOttJustinAviation Maintenance Technology
Newfolden, MNWagnerShelbyPhysical Therapist Assistant
Newfolden, MNJohnsonMarkAutomotive Service Tech
Orr, MNParsonBrendanConstruction Electricity
Plummer, MNNemecJustinAutomotive Service Technology
Roosevelt, MNOlsonColtonParamedic
Roseau, MNGrindahl JrDaleAuto Body Collision Technology
Thief River Falls, MNGossCaseyNursing
Thief River Falls, MNHintzZacharyComputer Network & Technology
Warroad, MNMartyCatherineAnimal Science
“Post-secondary education is constantly changing with new technology and evolving demand for new workforce skills, but traditional scholarships still make a difference – maybe more than ever,” explains Lars Dyrud, Executive Director of the Northland Community & Technical College Foundation. “It’s wonderful to see that the Minnesota State Legislature recognizes the impact of scholarships as an incentive to meet the needs of our region’s employers. A scholarship of $2,500 over the course of a school year can be the difference between finishing a credential or putting school on hold to pay the bills. These 26 students are studying to fill some of the key roles in our community. This scholarship gives them a better chance to succeed.”

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.

For more information on scholarship opportunities available at Northland, visit or phone 1-800-959-6282.