OUR MISSION

The Erickson Merkel Foundation awards scholarships to students with the heart and drive to realize their dreams.

Your hard work means a lot to us.

We aim to select and reward scholarship candidates who exemplify the values of hard work, creativity,and service…

Not just students who earn a high GPA, but the sort students who are putting themselves through school by working tenaciously.

We want to reward workhorse scholars who are doing what is necessary to achieve their goals, all while avoiding burdensome
and economically damaging student loan debt.

2017 IMPACT

Scholarships Awarded

Scholarship Dollars

Latest News

 

EMF receives Guidestar Bronze rating

Earlier this year, the Erickson Merkel Foundation applied for and was granted a “Bronze Seal” rating from Guidestar, an organization that focuses on the functioning of other nonprofit groups. According to Guidestar, only 1-2 percent of U.S. nonprofits reach a Bronze...

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EMF Workhorse 5k/10 Recap

The recent  2018 EMF Workhorse 5K/10K was a great success. This 3rd annual event was held Saturday, May 19, 2018 at West Park in White Bear Lake. The event is a family-friendly 5K or 10K run/walk, open to all ages and ability levels! Below are the...

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Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Jordan Wetovick

Erickson Merkel Foundation: Tell us a little bit about your family and friends growing up, and any positive effect that they had on your formative years. Jordan Wetovick: My dad and mom instilled in me at a very young age that I needed to learn to be independent not...

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Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Joshua Wakeling

Erickson Merkel Foundation: Tell us a little bit about your family and friends growing up, and any positive effect that they had on your formative years. Joshua Wakeling: My family was, and still is, always there to support me, especially academically. My parents, who...

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Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Courtney Kemmet

Erickson Merkel Foundation: Tell us a little bit about your family and friends growing up, and any positive effect that they had on your formative years. Courtney Kemmet: My family was and still are very close. My grandparents lived on a farm just three miles from...

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Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Devin Merz

Erickson Merkel Foundation: Tell us a little bit about your family and friends growing up, and any positive effect that they had on your formative years. Devin Merz: Growing up I have always had my parents behind me and supporting me no matter what it was I wanted to...

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Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Byron Laing

Erickson Merkel Foundation: Tell us a little bit about your family and friends growing up, and any positive effect that they had on your formative years. Byron Laing: Neither of my parents are musicians themselves, but my mother has always been a classical music...

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Another year for positive growth

It’s hard to believe, but the Erickson Merkel Foundation just named its third year of scholarship awardees, and we couldn’t be more proud. In 2014 we came together for the first time as a fledgling board to see if we could make this dream happen. I’m extremely happy...

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The Winter Dummy Race returns!

This Saturday, Feb. 11, Erickson Merkel Foundation's North Dakota team will once again hold the Winter Dummy Race! Last year we were able to raise more than $500 from the day's events and associated donation drive. We had 10 dummies slide, flail and glide down the...

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Wilhelm: Family and team work important for success

Angela Wilhelm knows a thing or two about hard work and planning for the future. “If you want something in life then you are going to have to work for it,” was a common refrain and grew to become what she said was her “steadfast philosophy,” instilled at an early age...

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