Scholarships Offer Opportunity for Students, Economy

July 11, 2019 06:44 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra is crisscrossing the state, making a stop Thursday at Riverland in Austin, touting scholarship opportunities.

"These workforce development scholarships are not only an economic development strategy, but they're also a very, very good social policy," Malhotra said.

This past school year, $1 million was appropriated by the state legislature, providing $2,500 scholarships for around 400 students. Eighteen scholarships were offered through Riverland.

"It was just amazing not to worry about working fulltime; I could actually work part-time or even pick-up, and I could still be financially stable," said Caitlynn Blizzard, a scholarship recipient.

Blizzard says the scholarship was a blessing as she took care of her ill grandmother while attending school.

"I knew that she'd progressively get worse, and I couldn't pay for school and be there for here at the same time. I heard about the workplace scholarship and decided to give it a try," she said.

"Many of our students who drop out from the college or don't come to college is not because they are not in good academic standing or they cannot do the work; they are academically prepared, but they don't have the resources. Many of our students are economically fragile, so a $500 or $1,000 difference will make or break in their decision whether they stay in college or not," said Malhotra.

Now with lawmakers making $2 million available for scholarships this school year, more students, like Caitlynn, can get the training necessary to fill the jobs Minnesota needs.


Brett Bachtle

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