What is the MPMA Educational Opportunities Foundation? The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association's Educational Opportunities 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- $1,500 to help motivated students with an interest in manufacturing get the training they need to become successful in the field. We realize we also need to support the institutions that are responsible for training our students. For that reason, 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. Learn more about the MPMA scholarship application process.
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. To learn more about how you can donate to the Foundation, please call us at 952.564.3041.
The Education Foundationset up a Steve Forsythe Memorial Fund for scholarships. Donations are tax deductible. Please send all donations to
MPMA, Attn: Sharon Noble at
5353 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 350, MInneapolis, MN, 55416.
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High School Scholarship Program
Each year TwinWest Foundation scholarships are granted to graduating high school students from TwinWest member school districts and private schools. Students are evaluated based on their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, community service, work history, and financial need. Typical college scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. The Foundation’s Legacy Scholarship, ranging from $5,000 to $7,500, is awarded each year to one outstanding high school senior who exemplifies positive leadership attributes and is awell-rounded student role model. Applications are avaialable to download in Novemeber each year. Scholarship awards are announced in April each year.
The Legacy Scholarship program was established in the mid 1990s through a $50,000 anonymous contribution from a TwinWest Chamber member.
> Career Path Scholarship Program
The TwinWest Foundation Career Path Scholarship program is targeted to adult students who are enrolled in TwinWest member postsecondary schools. This program is designed to help working adults advance their careers, continue their education, and further strengthen their workforce and leadership skills. The typical scholarship award is in the amount of $1,000 to $2000 per student. Applications are available to download in June of each year. Scholarship awards are announced in September of each year.
MPMA Foundation Board
Dave Fiedler, retired
Dr. Chad Coauette, Alexandria Technical & Community College
Benji Rashleger, WSI Industries, Inc.
Kimberly Arrigoni, Haberman Machine, Inc.
Tom Chacon, Boring Machine Corporation
Bruce Hanson, Andrew Tool & Machining Co.
Eric Hawkinson, CBIZ MHM, LLC
Alexandria Technical &
Anoka Technical College
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Dunwoody College of Technology
Hennepin Technical College
Lake Superior College
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
MN DEED Office of Innovation &
MN State College, Southeast Technical
MN Technical Assistance Program, U of M
Normandale Community College
Northwest Technical College - Bemidji
NTI / Globe University
Pine Technical College
South Central College - North Mankato
St. Cloud Technical & Community College
St. Marys University
St. Paul College-A Community & Technical College