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

Dennis Carter, Regional HR Director
Benedictine Health System

Nick Finstrom, Engineering Manager

Josh Headlee, CEO
Accelerated Innovations

Julie Hogie, Director of Auxiliary & Volunteer Services
Mercy / Allina

Steve Horstmann, Vice President of Operations
North Memorial Hospital

Bill Kingston
Kingston Technology Consultants

Brian Kovar, President
AID Electric

James Lanigan, President
Opal Services

Duane Lowe, Director of Operations
Federal Premium Cartridge

Verne McPherson, CEO
Tolerance Masters

Jody O’Neil, Senior Director of Human Resources
Cretex Companies

Bruce Sayler, Director of Community Relations
Connexus Energy

Clint Schneider, CEO
Lisi Medical - Remmele

Karen Skepper, Director Community & Government Relations
Anoka County

Steve Swain, President
CNH Machine

Tara Thurs, Senior Human Resources Manager
Pentair Equipment Protection

Duane VanDenBerghe, Vice President of Administration
Mate Precision Tooling

Dan Weber, Assistant County Administrator
Sherburne County


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, Executive Director
Professional & Workforce 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

Fall 2019 semester scholarships will be available for Anoka Technical College students to apply for in April 2019.

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 Timeline

Scholarships Available

Deadline to Apply

Students Notified by
Email of Application Status

Fall 2018 Semester

Nov. 1, 2018

Nov. 30, 2018

Jan. 1, 2019

Spring 2019 Semester

April 1, 2019

April 30, 2019

June 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

The Anoka Technical College crisis grant program was developed to support students in a financial crisis by providing short-term assistance with essential needs.  This is a discretionary fund is made possible by donations from private donors, college faculty and staff, community partners, and students. 
More information and contact information about the Anoka Technical College foundation crisis grant can be found here


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