Polaris Inc. Donates $20,000 to the Alexandria College Foundation.>
ALEXANDRIA, MN (January 17, 2024) – Polaris Inc. (Polaris), through The Polaris Foundation, donated $20,000 to the Alexandria Technical and Community College Foundation to support the Polaris Workforce Development Scholarship.
This scholarship will provide students enrolled in high-demand, technical and service-related programs, with educational funding to further their industry training.
The Workforce Development Scholarship was created by the Minnesota Legislature to allow colleges and universities to collaborate with business partners to attract students into high-demand, technical occupations. The scholarships provide students with the financial means to accomplish their goals while providing practical, hands-on work experience.
Alexandria College uses this program to work with business and industry leaders to build the pipelines needed for a well-trained, quality workforce. Polaris has been a valued partner to Alexandria College and continues to support student success through this scholarship opportunity.
“The Polaris Foundation has been supporting Alexandria’s Workforce Development Program for the past three years. As a leading Minnesota manufacturer, giving back to our local communities is a primary pillar of our Foundation. We are proud to support students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields and to help strengthen the local talent pipeline. Since the start of this partnership we have doubled our hiring of Alexandria graduates to Polaris dealers and our workforce,” said Dana Anderson, director, Community Relations, Polaris.
The Alexandria Technical and Community College Foundation secures matching funds amounting to 10% of the state scholarships each year through donations from industry partners. Each resulting Workforce Development scholarship is named after the industry partner who pledged the funds.
Polaris continues to maintain their position as a supporter of Alexandria College along with many other industry partners who sponsor Workforce Development Scholarship matching funds:
- Brenny Specialized, Inc.
- Douglas Machine Corporation
- FAST Global Solutions
- Frank W. Veden Charitable Trust
- Ichor Systems Inc.
- Knute Nelson
- Minnesota Trucking Association
- Polaris Inc.
- Pro-Fab Company
- Rapid Technologies/ ITW Heartland - Manufactured Products
- The Aagard Group
- Trinity Tool & Precision Maching LLC
To be eligible for a Workforce Development Scholarship a student must be: enrolled in a qualified high-demand program, taking at least nine credits per semester, maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, and be a Minnesota resident. The scholarships are $2,500 and are split between $1,250 for the fall semester and $1,250 spring semester. There is a preference for students in financial need.
Students can apply for these valuable Workforce Development Scholarships and dozens more using one application. Alexandria College is accepting scholarship applications for the 2024-25 academic year: https://www.alextech.edu/scholarships
About Alexandria College
Alexandria Technical & Community College has been the number one ranked community college in Minnesota for three years in a row. In addition to high-quality technical and academic programs, Alexandria College offers a unique blend of academics, student life, Legends Athletics and outdoors to its more than 3,800 students. The college has a long-standing tradition of excellence with a 98% related job placement rate and among the highest graduation and retention rates in the Minnesota State system. Learn more. at alextech.edu.
As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. Polaris’ high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. www.polaris.com