The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association is offering scholarships from $500 to $1,000 through its Education Foundation for students interested in careers in manufacturing. Applications are due April 15, and can be downloaded at www.mpma.com/page/educationfoundation. The foundation was formed to address the shortage of people entering the manufacturing field by supporting students, school technical programs and educational institutions.Last year, it awarded $8,500 in scholarships to students in manufacturing programs at seven colleges, including Alexandria Technical and Community College, the foundation said in a news release. For more information, call 952-564-3041 or email office@mpma.com.