Anoka Technical College Foundation was established in 1987 to provide support to deserving Anoka Technical College students and college programs.

Since 1995, through the generosity of donors, the foundation has provided more than $2,000,000 to support students and college programs.

The foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013.

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To obtain and distribute the resources necessary to support the students, faculty, programs and vision of Anoka Technical College.

Foundation Board

Board President
Michael Scholl, Vice President
Northeast Bank

Board Vice President
Jason Alders, Plant Manager
Caterpillar Global

Board Treasurer
Joan Wood, Branch Area Manager
Bank of the West

Jessica Andrist, Program Manager
Mary T. Inc

Eric Bass, Manufacturing Cell Manager
Graco Inc

Blair Buccicone, Attorney
Anoka County

Josh Headlee, CEO
Accelerated Innovations

Brian Kovar, President
AID Electric

James Lanigan, President
Opal Services

Duane Lowe, Director of Operations
Federal Premium Cartridge

Craig Malm, Community Engagement
Mercy & Unity Hospitals

Verne McPherson, CEO
Tolerance Masters

Jody O’Neil,S enior Director of Human Resources
Cretex Companies

Sarah Sanborn, Human Resources Partner
Children’s Hospitals & Clinics

Josh Schulz, Senior Director of Human Resources
Pentair Global

Karen Skepper, Director Community & Government Relations
Anoka County

Steve Swain, President
CNH Machine

Duane VanDenBerghe, Vice President of Administration
Mate Precision Tooling

Dan Weber, Assistant County Administrator
Sherburne County

Marty Wojciechowski, Market Manager
Luther Auto Group

Ex-Officio Board Members

Kent Hanson, President
Anoka Technical College/Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Elaina Bleifield, Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs
Anoka Technical College

Jamie Barthel, Interim Executive Director
Professional & Worforce Training and Foundations, Anoka Technical College/Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Pete Gravett, Development Director
Anoka Technical College Foundation

Financial Controls Statement

The Anoka Technical College Foundation, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation – Coon Rapids, and Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation – Cambridge takes pride in the accuracy and integrity of the fiscal management and financial reporting within all three foundations.  Staff and leadership within the three foundations are assisted in its day-to-day financial work through a contractual relationship with a reputable, national CPA firm, CliftonLarsonAllen.  This firm has significant expertise working with non-profits, foundations, and higher-education.  It is a well-respected firm that employs more than 4,500 professionals, including more than 1,800 CPAs, and serves approximately 150,000 clients across the country. 

Every three years, CPA firms are required to obtain an independent peer review of their system of quality control for their accounting and auditing practice. The most recent peer review report received by CliftonLarsonAllen expressed a rating of “pass,” which is the most positive report that can be received.

In addition, the three foundations undergo an independent financial statement audit once every three years. During the off years, each foundation undergoes an independent financial statement review by a well-established and reputable CPA firm, BerganKDV.  BerganKDV has more than 60 years of experience working with the nonprofit community. In the most recent independent financial statement audits for Anoka Technical College Foundation and Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Cambridge Foundation, the auditors have expressed an “unmodified” opinion.  Simply, an “unmodified” opinion is a clean opinion stating the financial statements are presented, in all material respects, in accordance with the applicable financial reporting framework. The independent financial statement audit for Coon Rapids is scheduled for this year.  We expect an “unmodified” opinion at the end of this audit as well. 

Foundation Scholarship Program

Scholarship Applications
Fall 2018 semester scholarships will be available for Anoka Technical College students to apply for in April, 2018.

To complete an application, visit Anoka Technical College Online Scholarship Application.

Use your Student ID and password  for eservices to log in, then save your application immediately to auto populate your student information from Anoka Technical College. 

Applying online:

  • saves time
  • ensures accuracy
  • ensures confidentiality

For detailed application instructions, review the Scholarship Application Guide.

More about Anoka Technical College Scholarships
Each semester, scholarships ranging from $500 to $2000 are awarded to students. Scholarships must be used for tuition, fees and books while you attend Anoka Technical College. Scholarships are available for both full-time and part-time students.

Annually, the Anoka Technical College Foundation awards more than $100.000 in scholarships through its two funding cycles: January for spring semester and June for fall semester.

Scholarship criteria includes scholastic achievement, financial need and special circumstances, educational and career goals and instructor recommendations.

Scholarship criteria includes: scholastic achievement, financial need and special circumstances, educational and career goals, and an instructor recommendation.


Scholarship Timeline

Scholarships Available

Deadline to Apply

Students Notified by
Email of Application Status

Spring 2018 Semester

April 1, 2018

April 30, 2018

June 1, 2018

Fall 2018 Semester

November 1, 2018

November 30, 2018

January 1, 2019

*Students who require assistance may go to the Foundation Office (Rm 190B) in the Student Success Center.

For more information, contact Peter Gravett in the Foundation Office at 763-576-4219.

Foundation Crisis Grants

Students currently enrolled in six or more credits are eligible to apply for a crisis or extreme grant from the Anoka Technical College Foundation. 

Grants are typically awarded to students whose ability to continue attending school will be affected by the crisis. Examples of these would include such things as transportation issues, outstanding bills,and unmet basic needs.

In general, grants should be used to cover non-academic expenses that appear to interfere with their standard academic pursuit. 

For more information or to apply contact the counselor at (763) 576-7860.

Guidelines for Anoka Technical College Foundation Crisis Grants.

Guidelines for Extreme Crisis Grant (Available to Anoka Tech students able to document that they are either underemployed or unemployed)

Anoka Technical College Foundation Crisis Grant application. Applications and documentation should be submitted to Erica Stene, Anoka Technical College Counselor.


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Pete Gravett
Development Director
Anoka Tech Foundation
190B, Student Success Center
Phone: 763-576-4219