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

 

The outlook is positive

Hello everyone! As I was recently named the incoming Executive Director for the Erickson Merkel Foundation, I'd like to take a moment to recap on some things that happened so far this year as well as what we're looking forward to in the next 12 months. Since I'm the...

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Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Jessica Oliva

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. Jessica Oliva: Being the eldest of two immigrant parents, I learned early on how my family was very different than...

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Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Claire Mathias

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. Claire Mathias: My childhood was spent on a five-acre piece of typical Iowa. Even though we weren’t farmers, we...

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Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Lauren Volkman

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. Lauren Volkman: My parents have always been very supportive of me. They always encourage me to do my best in...

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Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Noelle Hove

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. Noelle Hove: Growing up my parents instilled in me the importance of having a good work ethic, respect, and time...

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Workhorse Scholar Q & A: Sidney May

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. Sidney May: My childhood was a very fun one! My dad utilized the help of some of his friends, who became “uncles”...

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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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Third annual Winter Dummy Race a success

The Erickson Merkel Foundation's Winter Dummy Race was once again held at Huff Hills south of Mandan recently, and according to organizers it went smashingly. The event has now been held three years and has seen growth all along the way. In addition to more teams...

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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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