Minnesota State system Chancellor Devinder Malhotra was at South Central College’s North Mankato Campus this morning to announce the availability of numerous new $2,500 Workforce Development Scholarships for community and technical college students pursuing programs in specific high-demand career areas. These fields include Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Healthcare, Information Technology, Transportation and Early Childhood.

South Central College (SCC) will award 18 Workforce Development Scholarships totaling $45,000 for the 2019-20 academic year. Students may apply for the scholarships by completing SCC’s online scholarship application by July 31, 2019. Applicants will also be considered for scholarships from SCC’s Faribault and North Mankato Campus Foundations. The foundations provide more than $400,000 in scholarships to SCC students annually.

South Central College’s Campus Foundations have also begun looking for industry partners who wish to add to the $2,500 Workforce Development Scholarships to make them worth even more.

The $2,500 Workforce Development Scholarships are made possible through funding from the Minnesota legislature. In 2017, the legislature committed $1 million to establish the Minnesota Workforce Development Scholarship Pilot. Through this pilot program, SCC was able to award 17 of these $2,500 Workforce Development Scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year. This past February, the college also awarded eight $2,500 Workforce Development Scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year.  

In the 2019 legislative session that ended in May, based on the success of the Pilot, the Minnesota legislature provided additional funding for the Workforce Development Scholarship program, including $2 million for the 2019-20 academic year. This made it possible for colleges to award additional Workforce Development Scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year, including the 18 new scholarships at SCC.

The 2019 legislation also provides $6 million in funding for the 2020-21 academic year to provide more scholarships for state community and technical college students. In the 2020-21 academic year, the program will also be expanded to Minnesota State system universities, including Minnesota State University, Mankato. Through this expansion, students who have been awarded two years of Workforce Development Scholarships at a state community and technical college and then transfer to a corresponding program at any Minnesota State system university may be awarded a third scholarship.  For example, a student pursuing an eligible two-year program could receive $2,500 each year at SCC, as well as an additional $2,500 when they transfer to a corresponding program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, for a total of $7,500.