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What is the Trades Ambassador Scholarship?

Jun 17, 2020
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The Trades Ambassador Scholarship

While “college readiness” is the typical high school anthem, not all students are an ideal fit for that path. Many have a skillset and mindset that destines them to be successful in other challenging and rewarding careers like CNC machining, electrical engineering, and automotive. A career path in trades and manufacturing offers both a compelling value proposition and a different sense of job satisfaction than the typical four-year college route—but the college-for-all push has kept many students from pursuing it. We firmly believe that these careers should be pursued by the best and the brightest among Generation Z!

Many employers are struggling to find workers because there aren’t enough young people entering the skilled labor pool. To help fill that pool and provide opportunities for all students, BridgeWorks has established the Trades Ambassador Scholarship in partnership with the Minneapolis Foundation.

BridgeWorks’ initial commitment toward this program is $25,000 annually from 2019-2022. This program will provide scholarships for students desiring a career in manufacturing and trades through pursuit of AAS degrees and diplomas at Anoka Technical College, Century College, Dakota County Technical College, Dunwoody College of Technology, Hennepin Technical College, Minneapolis College, or Saint Paul College. (For more information on these schools, check out the Career Training Board.) In addition, BridgeWorks employees will serve as mentors to these students throughout their education. High school students who are interested in applying for the Trades Ambassador Scholarship should email tradescholar@generations.com for more information and an application.


  • High school students interested in a career in trades and manufacturing can apply for the Trades Ambassador Scholarship.


  • The program provides:
    • $2,500 annually for Anoka Technical College, Century College, Dakota Country Technical College, Hennepin Technical College, Minneapolis College, and Saint Paul College.
    • $10,000 annually to Dunwoody College of Technology.


  • Scholarship funds for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available beginning Fall 2020.


  • tradescholar@generations.com
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