Since 1995 the Owatonna Foundation has awarded 420 scholarships, totaling more than $550,000, for individuals preparing for technical careers. Recipients attend programs at technical or community colleges. During spring semester 2018, four individuals will use Owatonna Foundation Non-traditional Scholarships to assist with the costs of their education.
- Joseph Nelson, Alexandria Technical and Community College, PowerSports, $1,875
- Leah Rieck, Rochester Community and Technical College, Veterinary Technician, $1,875, parents Amy & Curtis Rieck
- Samantha Schwartz, Riverland Community College, Associate in Arts, $1,875, parents Les & Bridget Schwartz
- Michael Thom, Riverland Community College, Automotive Technicain, $1,875, parents Shane & Shelly Thom
Two types of scholarships available from the Owatonna Foundation include Nontraditional and Traditional. Nontraditional scholarships are awarded to individuals who are returning to college or continuing their education and graduated prior to 2018. Traditional scholarships are awarded to 2018 high school graduates.
For the 2017 – 2018 school year, $15,000 remains for traditional scholarships and $7,500 remains available for nontraditional scholarships. Traditional scholarships are due April 10, 2018, and nontraditional scholarship applications are due June 25, 2018.
The Owatonna Foundation, now in its 60th year of serving the Owatonna community, provides grants in Owatonna and its environs in four areas: Community, Arts, Recreation, and Education. The Foundation also provides both traditional and non-traditional scholarships for 2 year colleges and technical schools.
The Foundation was established in 1957 with the goal of improving the quality of life for present and future generations of Owatonna residents. Since then, the Owatonna Foundation has committed more than $11.8 million dollars in grants and scholarships to local organizations and students.
Applications are available at the Owatonna Foundation office, 108 West Park Square, Foundation’s web page (https://www.owatonnafoundation.org/) Grants/Scholarships, or Jill Holmes at 455-3059. If you have questions, contact the Foundation office or Jill Holmes.