These Minnesota undergraduates received engineering scholarships in 2019

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We are pleased to announce the scholars pursuing undergraduate engineering degrees with financial support from the Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation. Scholarships equip students to build skills, connections and experience for careers as engineers.

MPEF 2019 scholars represent chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial & systems engineering and other fields. They’re enrolled in colleges throughout Minnesota.

But these students have a few things in common: passion for the engineering field, demonstrated leadership ability and the dedication to pursue a career in this challenging and rewarding field.

Meet the scholars

Proudly presenting the 2019 MPEF engineering scholarship cohort:

  • Javier Lara, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Jera Zellmann, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Nathan Oliver, Electrical Engineering, Iron Range Engineering
  • Erick Sipila, Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Maria Wrage, Composite Materials Engineering, Winona State University
  • Matt DeJong, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Matthew Henderson, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth

Get to know more about our 2019 scholars and past scholarship recipients. Find out which student leads teams to build solar-powered cars, and which will use their degree in the sports industry field. One undergrad spends time outside the classroom snowmobiling and hunting. Another has undertaken travel for work and study on three continents. This student brings the same passion to campus as a founder of the college chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Learn more.

An image highlighting scholarship recipient Javier Lara

About MPEF scholarships

We award scholarships based on academic achievement, an essay and personal statement, work and volunteer experience, and a letter of recommendation. Applicants must be full-time undergrads. The next scholarship cycle opens in the fall. Learn more about applying.

Join us to support engineering education

Make a lasting investment. Join us to fuel the goals of engineering students, invest in STEM talent and build up the leadership of the engineering sector. There are several ways to get involved:

An image highlighting scholarship recipient Maria Wrage

About MPEF

The Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation (MPEF) raises funds to support access to engineering education for all, as well as promoting greater understanding of the work of engineers and supporting fields through such programs as engineering scholarships and Minnesota MATHCOUNTS. Learn more about our history, vision and mission. MPEF is affiliated with the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.


Join the MPEF Board of Directors or Development Committee

Access, opportunity, engineering – and you!

The Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation is committed to expanding our mission work in the community. We’ve been providing scholarships, early career support, and activities such as MATHCOUNTS in Minnesota for decades, but there is much more to do.

Opportunity: We invite volunteers to join one or both of two groups to guide strategy and advocate for the Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation:

Commitment: 5-6 hours per month, including one meeting every other month

This is a great opportunity to meet other people committed to broader access to engineering and other STEM-related education, and create new opportunity in our community.

Ready to help out? Get in touch!

Serving as an MPEF board member or on the Development Committee not only supports the work of MPEF, but is also a huge opportunity for both personal and professional growth for each board member.

You will meet people you likely never knew before – from different industries, varying engineering disciplines and diverse backgrounds – each with their own reasons for serving. Alongside your new colleagues, you will hone important skills like communication, group dynamics and leadership while you join forces to continue to grow the impact of MPEF.

Mary Detloff, Executive Director, Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers