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 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