THE 2017

Scholarship applications for the 2017 Jerome P. Merkel Scholarship are now available!

Scholarship applications for the 2017 Erickson Merkel Foundation scholarship awards will be accepted January 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017 (11:59 PM CST). Five scholarship awards will be distributed as follows:
  • One top recipient will be awarded the $2,000 Jerome P. Merkel scholarship
  • Three recipients will each be awarded a $1,000 Donald Erickson scholarship
  • One high school senior will be awarded the $1,000 Susan McGuire scholarship
ATTENTION: Due to significant volume of applications received and in order to manage administrative cost, there is a monthly limit on scholarship application submissions. By having the monthly limit, Erickson Merkel Foundation continues to have 100% of donations go directly to scholarship awards. You will receive a message stating “There are presently no open calls for submissions” when the monthly limit has been reached. We encourage you to please try again at the beginning of the next month to submit your scholarship application. Thank you


Paint, sip, and celebrate

for a good cause.

Bring friends and family, and paint the Snowman Stack! To benefit students awarded the Henry and Patricia Belisle Determination Scholarship.

Sunday, December 11 at 6pm
Woodbury Location

$50/Seat Limited seating. Register online at
No experience necessary. Step-by-step instruction. 12x30" canvas and all painting materials provided. Treats and water provided. Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

The Erickson Merkel Foundations's Henry and Patricia Belisle Determination Scholarship is awarded to a Thomsas Edison High School senior who is determined to attend and complete a higher education program at an accredited university or trade school.

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.

This One's On Us.

At the Erickson Merkel Foundation, we seek to offer financial
support in the form of scholarship awards to high ­achieving
students who have aimed at taking control of their academic,
professional and financial futures as best as possible.

We do this because your hard work needs
to be acknowledged, valued and rewarded.

Our Mission

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

In 2017, the EMF will award $6,000.

Divided into five scholarships for deserving, hardworking students.
Help us make a difference in the lives of workhorse scholars.

How did you hear about EMF?

Your donation will be applied directly, and in full, to the scholarship fund used to
reward the best of tomorrow's leaders as they work diligently to develop and grow.
Funds are paid directly to the educational institutions of our scholarship winners.

Board of Directors


Updates & current events.
Feb 0
Feb 0

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 slopes at Huff Hills, south of Mandan. Everyone had such […]

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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 by her parents. “My […]

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Alberts: Discipline and compassion go hand-in-hand

Born and raised in Ohio by parents Charles and Kathy, Alexa “Lexi” Alberts was taught to value dependability, consistency and perseverance from a very young age. Alongside her brother, Andy, Lexi learned both compassion and discipline, which would stay with her to present day. Like many, family and friends were a strong support network. “I […]

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Nemitz: Ag, health care instilled drive from a young age

One of this awardees of the 2016 Workhorse Scholarships traces his drive to his roots on a Minnesota farm, where his dad taught him about hard work and his mother inspired his interest in medicine. Gunnar Nemitz, a graduate of Monticello High School originally hailing from Burnsville, said his family – parents Bruce and Lori, […]

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Kerr: Care inspires workhorse drive

Sarah Kerr has a passion for medicine that she’s been cultivating since she was a child. Growing up Bellingham, Washington, gave her a unique perspective on helping others. She and her siblings Emily, Marissa and Dakota shared their home with even more siblings thanks to her mother Julie’s foster efforts. Her grandmother, Nadine Williams, also […]

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Jun 0
Jun 0

Four scholarships awarded

At its annual scholarship selection meeting, the Erickson Merkel Foundation Board of Directors recently picked its second round of Workhorse Scholars. Four candidates were selected after the review process ended this year, resulting in Angela Wilhelm, Lexi Alberts, Gunnar Nemitz and Sarah Kerr being named the 2016 Workhorse Scholars. All candidates were immediately notified. Profiles […]

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Feb 1
Feb 1

Attention, All Workhorses!

An update from the Erickson Merkel Foundation during our second round of scholarship applications   Executive Perspective By Eric Jungels, executive director   Hello everyone, and happy 2016! I’m happy to report that our first year as a fully-functioning educational-focused 501(c)(3) went extremely well! Our fledgling team of fundraisers did a splendid job at organizing […]

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Erickson Merkel Foundation members Jeff Hare, Tyson Bittner and Mike Renner stand with the foundation's prototype dummy during a recent outing to the Tom O'Leary Sledding Hill.
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Feb 0

Erickson Merkel Foundation to hold Winter Dummy Race

BISMARCK, N.D. – A popular wintertime event could be coming to the area thanks to the efforts of a nonprofit organization with local ties. The Erickson Merkel Foundation is aiming to host a Winter Dummy Race later this month to raise money for local scholarships. The dummy race will pit homemade dummies on otherwise unmanned […]

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Aug 3
Aug 3

Heim: Strong commitment to work and studies

  Allissa Heim is a focused individual, and through that focus has begun marching forward toward her life goals. In doing that, she also earned this inaugural year’s top scholarship of $3,000 from the Erickson Merkel Foundation. Currently, Allissa is working toward her degree at Hamline University. There, she juggles her work with the Hamline […]

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Eric Jungels - Chris Erickson - Paul Jungels - Betsy Johnson - Mike Ressler

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