The purpose of the NMBA scholarship is to foster the residential building trade’s future in Northern Minnesota by providing financial assistance for students pursuing a career in this field.


Go to the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation for more
information about our Scholarship Program –

Opportunities In Residential Construction

Job Shadowing Opportunities – Spend a half or a full day with a licensed residential builder to get a sneak-peak at construction jobs (reserved for age 18 and up). Spend time working with Habitat for Humanity to gain real-world experience in building and construction while helping others (age 16 and up).

Qualifying Building Trades: Carpenter (including cabinet making, framing, finish carpentry, siding and roofing). Concrete/Masonry, Plumber, Electrician (including residential or commercial low voltage), Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Excavator/Heavy Equipment Operator, Construction Management, Drafting, Land Surveyor, Painter/Drywall Installer and Landscaping.

Students interested in applying must meet one of the following requirements:
  1. A graduating high school senior from one of the regional area listed schools who is planning to attend a Minnesota post secondary school for a building trade career.
  2. Non-traditional students entering a Minnesota post secondary school for a building trade career.
  3. A member of the NMBA or the dependent of a member who is planning to attend a Minnesota college or vocational school to pursue a career in the building trades.
  4. Visit to apply.

The regional area listed schools are: Aitkin High School, Bigfork High School, Chisholm High School, Deer River High School, Falls High School, Grand Rapids High School, Greenway High School, Hibbing High School, Hill City High School, Littlefork – Big Falls High School, Nashwauk – Keewatin High School, Northland High School and Northern Lights Community School.

ALI Summer Building Institute
The Northern Minnesota Builders Association offers high school students hands-on learning opportunities during the summer months. Area high schools are participating in ALI Summer Building Institutes around the NMBA territory. The NMBA has partnered with Applied Learning Institute ( to bring youth and building trade professionals together to give an excellent hands-on learning opportunity. Students are helping build Habitat for Humanity homes ( & which teaches students volunteerism and a greater sense of community. If you are interested in this program contact your counselor or technical trade instructor at your area high school or contact NMBA at 218-326-6622.