Manufacturing Scholarship Fund

Brainerd Lakes Area high school students have an opportunity to apply for $1,000 Manufacturing Scholarships each spring. The Scholarships may be used to help cover costs in earning a post-secondary certificate or degrees in manufacturing related careers.  In addition to being  soon-to-graduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, applicants must be enrolling as a full-time student at an accredited college or university and be a US citizen, and a resident of the counties of Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd or Wadena when making application.

The application portal is now open.  Deadline to apply is March 31, 2024.

The scholarship fund was established in 2017 by the Lakes Area Manufacturers Alliance (LAMA) in partnership with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the Initiative Foundation, in response to a need identified by the Central Minnesota manufacturing business community.  It is LAMA's goal to actively engage and build collaboration among manufacturing, education and students.

According to a recent post by the National Association of Manufacturers the manufacturing industry has had more than 2.6 million job openings nationally in 2022 already - a workforce shortage that show little signs of slowing.  Meanwhile, half of all of those jobs don't require a four-year college degree or the debt that goes with it.

Our area manufacturers have raised over $30,000 this calendar year alone.  Business Leaders may contact LAMA for more information on how to support the scholarship fund by emailing Deborah.   Donations may also be made to the Scholarship Fund online HERE

Meet a few of our recent recipients.


Engineering Technology
Bemidji State University


Welding & Fabrication
Central Lakes College


Engineering Program
SD School of Mines & Technology


Engineering Program
University of Minnesota


Mechanical Engineering Program
North Dakota State University


Welding & Fabrication
Central Lakes College


Robotics Program
Central Lakes College


School of Engineering
University of North Dakota


Welding Program
Central Lakes College