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Supporting 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.

  • 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.

Apply for Education Foundation Scholarships

Each spring, the MPMA's Education Foundation offers 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.

Applications must be submitted by April 15 of each year.

» Learn more about the MPMA scholarship application process

» MPMA Scholarship Application

Last year, nine students were awarded a total of $8,500 worth of scholarships. 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.

$30,000 Donated in 2018 to Minnesota State Scholarship Program

In 2018, the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association's Education Foundation presented Minnesota State with a contribution of $30,000, for scholarships that will be offered to new students entering advanced manufacturing programs at Minnesota State colleges.

The contribution will 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. Business and industry partners have the opportunity to supplement these scholarships through private contributions.

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.

Annual Shoot for Scholarships Event Takes Place in the Fall

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.

Donate to MPMA Education Foundation - a 501(c)3

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)