Scholarship funding plentiful for Northland Community & Technical College fall semester

According to a Northland release, the foundation has $255,000 in Minnesota state-sponsored funding for workforce development scholarships.

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EAST GRAND FORKS — After a record-breaking year for scholarship distribution, the Northland Community & Technical College Foundation has more than $330,000 in scholarship funding for the fall 2022 semester.

According to a Northland release, the foundation has $255,000 in Minnesota state-sponsored funding for workforce development scholarships. In the fall semester, $2,500 — $1,250 for each semester — will be given to 70 Northland students who choose to enter high-demand fields in six industries — advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services, information technology, early childhood education and transportation.

The Workforce Development Scholarship program was conceived by the Minnesota state government, and was supported with funding by the Legislature in 2017 to encourage prospective students to enter workforce sectors with critical labor shortages.

In addition to state-supported initiatives, the Northland Foundation looks to award nearly $80,000 in scholarships that have been funded by the investments of businesses and individual donors. Awards are available for full or part-time incoming and returning students who are on campus or online.

“We are fortunate to have so many generous donors who have been willing to invest in the futures of Northland students,” said Amy Sperling, Northland Foundation director of operations. “What may seem like a small contribution can mean the difference between a student having the ability to enroll in college and not. Removing some of the financial barriers many of our students face is essential to their success and the success of our regional workforce.”


The Northland Foundation distributed over $415,000 in scholarships during the 2021-2022 academic year, a record for the college.

Current or prospective students can still take part in Northland’s scholarship process and do not have to be enrolled or an applicant to apply.

More information and scholarship applications can be found online at .

The policy faces another hurdle as the administration contests a separate Nov. 10 ruling by a federal judge in Texas deeming the program unlawful.

Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

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