3M Skilled Trade Scholarship Program

3M, in partnership with Minnesota State, is announcing the availability of two scholarships for individuals preparing to work in the skilled trades.

Who Is Eligible?

  • All graduates of St. Paul Public Schools, high schools located in the City of St. Paul, or residents of the City of St. Paul
  • All learners with financial need and who are underrepresented in the skilled trades, including those with low or limited income, individuals who represent BIPOC communities, and women or individuals who represent additional forms of gender diversity
  • All learners seeking to advance their education towards a career path in construction, advanced manufacturing, or transportation, including adult learners, returning college students, and recent high school graduates who enroll at any Minnesota State college or university.

Application deadline is January 15, 2024


The following four questions will be in the application. And there will be a 4000-character limit for each response, including spaces.

  • What inspired you to go into a career in the skilled trades?
  • What impact do you hope this degree will have on your life?
  • How will this scholarship help you be successful in college?
  • If you are awarded this scholarship, you will have the opportunity to engage with 3M and 3M leaders and professionals throughout the two-year scholarship period. What are you hoping to get out of this part of the experience?

Scholarship Amounts and Requirements

Two scholarships will be available

  • Up to $15,000 (up to $7,500 per year over a period of two years)
    • Up to $6,000 towards tuition and fees annually
    • Up to $1,500 for student support and supplies annually

Scholarship requirements

  • Enroll as a full-time student
  • Engage with 3M and 3M leaders and professionals throughout the two-year scholarship period

3M goals for the scholarship

  • Inspire interest in STEM and skilled trades
  • Improve academic outcomes in these areas
  • Provide transformational opportunities

Eligible Universities

Bemidji State University

Metro State University

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University Moorhead

St. Cloud State University

Southwest Minnesota State University

Winona State University

Eligible Colleges

Alexandria Technical & Community College

Anoka Technical College

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Central Lakes College

Century College

Dakota County Technical College

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

Hennepin Technical College

Inver Hills Community College

Lake Superior College

Minneapolis College

Minnesota North College

Minnesota State College Southeast

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Minnesota West Community & Technical College

Normandale Community College

North Hennepin Community College

Northland Community & Technical College

Northwest Technical College

Pine Technical & Community College

Ridgewater College

Riverland Community College

Rochester Community and Technical College

Saint Paul College

South Central College

St. Cloud Technical & Community College