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3M is a global science company that never stops inventing. Using 46 technology platforms, our integrated team of scientists and researchers works with customers to create breakthroughs. Our inventions have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all...


AAUW (American Association of University Women)

The AAUW have been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, AAUW has worked as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women. This scholarship is awarded to a Ridgewater student...

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Acuren Inspection

Acuren is a trusted provider of technology-enabled asset protection solutions used to evaluate the structural integrity of critical energy, industrial, and public infrastructures. Its work is critical to the integrity and safety of industrial firms, including...

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Adams Honors

Elaine Adams was a long-time math teacher for Willmar Schools and a former College Foundation Board member prior to her retirement in 1979. The Adams Honors Endowment is in memory of Elaine and her late husband Ray, and these scholarships go to students who exhibit...

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Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant scholarship was created through student/class fundraising and goes to a student enrolled in the Administrative Assistant program.

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Adult Basic Education

The Adult Basic Education scholarship recognizes a student who completed their GED through the Hutchinson Adult Basic Education program and who is pursing coursework at Ridgewater College.

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Affiliated Community Health Foundation (ACHF)

ACHF is a non-profit 501c3 associated  with Affiliated Community Medical Center, which is a multi-specialty health network in West Central and Southwest Minnesota with over 180 physicians and advanced practice providers in 40 specialty areas. The Foundation...


Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service

AEVS has provided urgent, emergency, and critical care services in support of referring veterinary hospitals and their surrounding communities since 1979. Owned and operated by practicing veterinarians of the local community, AEVS functions as an extended resource by...

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Alana Carrigan Krick Memorial

Established to recognize and reward students in the Practical Nursing program who clearly demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for nursing, and who possess the qualities of a caring nurse. Alana was the daughter of Joe Krick (former Agriculture instructor at...

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Alliance Pipeline

The Alliance Pipeline company transports natural gas underground from Canada through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa to Illinois. The pipeline delivers more than 1.6 billion cubic feet per day of liquids-rich natural gas to the Chicago market. Alliance Pipeline’s...



Awarded to full-time students whose parents are a graduate of Ridgewater College, Willmar Technical College, Willmar Community College or Hutchinson Area Vocational Technical Institute.


American Welding Society

AWS was founded in 1919, as a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. AWS strives to move the industry...

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Anderson Chemical Company

Anderson Chemical Company Anderson Chemical Company of Litchfield has provided professional cleaning and sanitation programs to the food processing industry for over a century. Anderson also develops and maintains water management programs for boilers, cooling...


Art Scholarship

Established for Liberal Arts students who have an intent to transfer to a 4 year university or Art Institute to major in Art, Film, Music or Theater.

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Auto Body Collision & Auto Service Technology

Each year, an anonymous investor provides significant funding to provide program equipment needs and scholarships to students enrolled in the Auto Body Collision and Automotive Service Technology program.


Automation & Robotics

Established to recognize students who are taking Automation and Robotics Systems courses on the Hutchinson campus.


Ben Sanden Memorial

Ben graduated from the NonDestructive Testing (NDT) program at Ridgewater in 1990. Following graduation, he worked for GE, BGE, and SGS PfinDE, providing NDT services for petroleum pipeline industries. Ben enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, bowling, and working on...


Bergh's Fabricating, Incorporated

Bergh’s Fabricating was established in 1976 and specializes in all types and sizes of steel fabricating projects. Each year, they award scholarships to students enrolled in the Welding program.

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Bernard Hoidal Memorial

This scholarship is funded by close family friends of Bernie, who passed away in 2013, and goes to one Agriculture student and one Automotive student. Bernie farmed for several years and then built and operated a garage and gas station in Holloway for 10 years. After...

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Bookstore/Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)

The Willmar Phi Theta Kappa organization, in partnership with the Campus Bookstore, collects outdated/obsolete textbooks to be sold to agencies that market the books to other countries. The profits from these book sales support scholarships for students who are...

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Brad Preslicka Memorial

Brad started “Double B Repair & Manufacturing” in 1990 when he converted a machine shed on the farm into his repair shop. He had a high school degree and taught himself the welding trade. He was a successful businessman, taking time to visit with and listen to his...


Brant Groen- Dairy Management

Brant, retired Dairy Management faculty member, Provides this scholarship to students enrolled in the Dairy Management program who reside more than 250 miles from Ridgewater.

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Business & Professional Women (BPW)

BPW develops the professional, business and leadership potential of women on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world. The Willmar chapter provides this scholarship to a...


Calvin S. Robnik Memorial

This scholarship is awarded in memory of Calvin Spencer Robnik, who lived and worked in the Willmar, MN area from the time he was seven years old. Calvin was severely dyslexic but graduated from Willmar High School with a B average and, at the time, no one knew he...

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Cancer Survivor

The Cancer Survivor Scholarship was created by a Ridgewater College staff member in 2011, who at the time was a 5+ year survivor of cancer. She was inspired to help students at Ridgewater who have been touched by the fear and uncertainty that cancer brings. This...

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Carol McGarvie Memorial

Carol worked as a Financial Aid Assistant for 15 years at Ridgewater and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She passed away in 1956 at age 50 from cancer. This scholarship was established in her memory for a non-traditional student.

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Carpentry Contractors Company (CCC)

CCC has been providing carpentry labor to the residential professional home builder in Minnesota since 1980. On every home, they are dedicated to safe working conditions and a quality end product. In 2016, CCC established this scholarship for students enrolled in...


Caterpillar, Inc.

Caterpillar is an American corporation which designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, markets and sells machinery, engines, financial products, and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network. The scholarship is for Welding students.


CHS Scholars Program

The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation supports education and leadership programs that invest...

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Claire Houchens Memorial

Claire passed away in 2010 at the age of 59, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Inspired by the care provided to Claire during her illness, Claire’s children, Sarah and Michael, completed the nursing program at Ridgewater. This scholarship is meant to...