PTCC awards $49,000 to area high school seniors

PTCC awards $49,000 to area high school seniors

Staff post from Shawnda Schelinder |
Workforce Development scholarship: PTCC awards $49,000 to area high school seniors


Financing college next year will be easier for 14 high school seniors and their families, thanks to $3500 Workforce Development Scholarships for Pine Technical & Community College. 

The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation to provide 14 $2500 scholarships to two-year colleges in the Minnesota State system. The scholarships targeted high demand career fields of agriculture, healthcare, information technology, and manufacturing.

“It was up to each college to determine how to best award these scholarships,” said PTCC President Joe Mulford. “At Pine Technical & Community College, we wanted to award the scholarships to high school seniors and try to incentivize to young, talented individuals to stay in the region.” The 14 scholarships were awarded to one high school senior at each of the member districts in the East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC).

“We asked businesses and organizations in the 14 communities to help make an even bigger impact with scholarships,” Mulford said. “Pine’s tuition in roughly the lowest in the state” The $3500 scholarship will cover the majority of tuition for these students during their first year and will allow them to concentrate more on their education.”

The Pine Technical & Community College Foundation was impressed with the strong interest in the Workforce Scholarships and has decided to add an additional scholarship round this year.  Applications are available at or by calling Molly McCann at 320.629.4521 Scholarship awards can be up to $1250 to new or current Pine students.   

“It was a very competitive pool of applicants, and we’re proud of the high school seniors who earned the scholarship,” Mulford said. “We’re also very appreciative of the individuals and organizations that donate to support scholarships. 

The students, their school district and the organizations and businesses that contributed to the scholarship are:

Taylor Boeck of Braham Area High School, Braham Area Dollars for Scholars, Diversified Bronze & Manufacturing, East Central Energy, FirstLight Health System

Crystal Mercier of Cambridge School District, Memorial Hospital Foundation,

Raymond Thill of Chisago Lakes High School, Chisago Lakes Americas Best Communities,  

Alexis Sycks of East Central Secondary, Nemadji Research Corporation,  

Logan Rademacher of Elk River High School, Pine Technical & Community College Foundation,

Megan Hodena of Hinckley-Finlayson High School, Pine Technical & Community College Foundation,

Jesse Wills of Milaca High School, Ogilvie Raceway, Spire Credit Union,  

AnnMarie Oberg of Mora High School, Ogilvie Raceway, Spire Credit Union,  

Julian Nelson of North Branch High School, Pine Technical & Community College Foundation,

Elisabeth Johnson of Ogilvie School District, Ogilvie Raceway, Spire Credit Union,  

Logan Koffler of Pine City High School, Ogilvie Raceway and Spire Credit Union, Pine City Chamber,

Denver Jones of Princeton High School, City of Princeton,  

Brittany Graham of Rush City High School, Rush City Chamber,

Thomas Droll of St. Francis High School, Pine Technical & Community College Foundation,

Pine Technical & Community College, established in 1965 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves more than 1,900 students and awards certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. PTCC is a proud member of Minnesota State, which is comprised of 31 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves more than 270,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 150,000 students in noncredit courses. For more information about PTCC’s programs, including information regarding how to apply call 320-629-5100 or online at

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