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Serving Students and Schools

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. Two of the main initiatives include:

  • Scholarships to help motivated students with an interest in manufacturing get the training they need to become successful in the field.
  • Coordination of community and industry support to launch technical education programs, one high school at a time, at a fast pace.


Manufacturing Scholarships For Students

Each year, the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association's (MPMA) Education Foundation offers scholarships to help motivated students with an interest in manufacturing get the training they need to become successful in the field. In 2020, the Education Foundation has awarded scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each.

Thank you to the students who have applied for the 2020 scholarships.

  • Five $2,000 scholarships have been awarded to local students who plan to pursue careers in manufacturing. The students include: Keenan Dahl of Backus, Minn.; Catie Lonergan of Anoka, Minn.; Ryan Neuman of Otsego, Minn.; Christopher Robasse of Wabasso, Minn.; and Maxwell Strege of Saint Michael, Minn.

» Learn more about the MPMA scholarship application process

» Fill out the MPMA Scholarship Application Online

» Download a PDF of the MPMA Scholarship Application

Annual Shoot For Scholarships

Each September, 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.

Supporting Minnesota State Scholarship Program

The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association's Education Foundation supports Minnesota State.  The Foundation has made two contributions of $30,000 each (in 2018 and 2020) for scholarships that are offered to new students entering advanced manufacturing programs at Minnesota State colleges. 

The Education Foundation's contributions supplement scholarships offered to students entering advanced manufacturing programs that are being offered under the Workforce Development Scholarship program.

Workforce Development Scholarships are 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.

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 or seven universities of Minnesota State. Additional information is available at

Donate to MPMA's 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. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 private foundation. Donations may be tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor. Our Federal Tax ID number is 41-1889792.

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)

MPMA Education Foundation Board of Directors


  • President: John Madsen, Black Line Group
  • Vice President: Mike McGee, retired educator
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Laurent Deconinck, Machining Technology

Board Members

  • Tom Chacon, S & T Chacon
  • E.J. Daigle, Dunwoody College of Technology
  • Barb Dorumsgaard, NTM Inc.
  • Eric Hawkinson, CBIZ MHM, Inc.
  • Mark Paetznick, Fidelity Bank Equipment Finance
  • Jesse Schelitzche, Imagineering Machine