MSC SE offers 18 $2.5K scholarships for upcoming semester


Employers in the region are asking for skilled, well-educated employees in a number of high-demand sectors, including manufacturing, health care, and transportation careers. To help meet this ever-increasing need, the Minnesota state legislature allocated funding for a $1-million pilot program that initially awarded hundreds of scholarships throughout Minnesota in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The program was so successful that this spring the Minnesota legislature and Governor Tim Walz approved an appropriation that added $7 million to the Workforce Development Scholarship program. Funding is available to support students at the colleges and universities of Minnesota State who are pursuing programs that prepare graduates for careers in high-demand sectors.

To date, Minnesota State College (MSC) Southeast has awarded 16 scholarships for students in 2018-2019 and eight additional scholarships for 2019-2020. Now, 18 more $2,500 scholarships will be available to Minnesota students who are beginning college at MSC Southeast this fall. For more information and to download the application form, go to

These scholarships are targeted to students entering the college in the areas of agriculture, early childhood education, health care, information technology, manufacturing, and transportation. Examples of such programs at MSC Southeast include radiography, auto body collision technology, mechatronics technology, and cyber and information security.

While the scholarships are intended to recruit new high school grads, “non-traditional” students, such as adults re-entering the workforce or changing careers, are also eligible for the scholarships.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is August 5, 2019. Scholarship awards will be announced on August 9, 2019.

Prospective students must apply online for admission to MSC Southeast with a fall start in one of the career program areas listed below. Then they must fill out and submit an application form for the scholarship by the August 5 deadline. For more information and to download the application form, go to

Eligible programs


• Sustainable food and farming:

Early childhood education

• Early childhood development:

• Early childhood education (AAS):

Health care

• Medical laboratory technician (must be accepted into the MLT program):

• Medical support careers:

• Nursing (must be accepted into the nursing program):

• Radiography (must be accepted into the radiography program):

Information technology

• Cyber and information technology:

• Network administration and technology:

• Software development and support:


• Bicycle design and fabrication:

• CNC machine tool:

• Mechatronics technology:

• Welding technology:>


• Auto body collision technology:

• Automotive and light duty diesel technology:

• Heavy diesel maintenance:

• Transportation management:

• Truck driving:

About MSC Southeast

MSC Southeast is a two-year technical and community college that prepares students for a lifetime of learning by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer, to meet the needs of students and the community. The Winona campus opened in 1949, merging with the Red Wing campus in 1992 and updating its name to Minnesota State College Southeast in 2016 with the change of mission to offer both technical training and the Associate of Arts Degree. MSC Southeast is a member of Minnesota State ( For more information, visit


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