The Minnesota High Tech Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Minnesota High Tech Association. The foundation fuels Minnesota’s innovation by providing resources for building a workforce educated in science, technology, engineering and math. Through fundraising events and donations from the local technology community, the Foundation supports MN High Tech’s goal to make Minnesota one of the country’s top five technology states. Founded in 1985, the foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to educating the public about the importance of a strong, technology-based workforce.
The foundation invests 100 percent of donations into programs and outreach efforts to develop the state’s STEM workforce, which we’re accomplishing in three ways:
- Educating and supporting students through scholarships and hands-on experience,
- Communicating the need for STEM-educated college graduates, and
- Partnering with the local science and technology community to build strong connections and resources.
The MN High Tech Foundation Board of Directors guides the foundation’s work and fosters connections to our science and tech community.
The MN High Tech Foundation supports the STEM Education and workforce career continuum. Undergraduate students pursuing STEM-related degrees are encouraged to apply for STEM Scholarships through the foundation.
Over the past 10 years, the foundation has awarded more than half a million dollars in STEM scholarships to 135 undergraduate students from 26 Minnesota educational institutions.
Watch the video below, to see how these scholarships positively impact the lives and education of our scholarship winners:
Tech Experience Tours
The MHTA Foundation is also working to encourage more high school students to choose to pursue STEM careers through Tech Experience Tours.
We are partnering with Talent Software Inc. to provide unique Tech Experience Tours for students interested in learning more about STEM Careers and the high tech business world during the 2017-2018 school year.
Since May 2015, 700 students have participated in a Tech Experience Tour.
The MN High Tech Foundation is raising donations through events to bring our science and tech community together for a common cause: to develop and grow Minnesota’s innovation workforce.
MN High Tech Foundation Bids & Bytes Benefit — September 13, 2018
The foundation is hosting our 3rd annual Bids & Bytes Benefit. Join us for a gathering of the leaders in Minnesota’s science and tech industry in supporting the foundation’s STEM scholarship program and outreach. The benefit provides a rare opportunity for attendees to bid on unique one-on-one experiences with local, high profile tech leaders.
Minnesotans will be competing for nearly 200,000 technology jobs in the next decade. While these workers have the potential to make more than the average private sector wage, they will need additional training to prepare for the rigors of a high-tech career.
The MHTA Foundation connects business member companies with opportunities in the non-profit, education, and government sectors that are working to solve our growing workforce shortage.