"I believe in the Minnesota State Grant program and support the funding for it because it has helped so many students around me. Higher education is one of the best pipelines to success and limiting people's options of where they can go for higher education keeps people from accessing their full potential and thus, helping society reach its full potential. A student here at St. Ben's is the President of our St. Ben's Senate and has been an influential campus leader. I have learned much from her leadership and she is a state grant recipient. Our campus would not be the same without her. Students should be allowed a choice in where they think they will excel the most when it comes to a learning environment. Students want diversity and different world-views in and outside the classroom. No student wants to sit in a classroom with all people who think, act, and look exactly like them. The Minnesota State Grant program allows all students the ability to access traditionally blocked off higher education systems. I ask you to support the state grant program and allow students the autonomy to make the decision that they think is the best for their education. Students will excel a lot more when they have a say in what they think is best for them.
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"Without the Minnesota State Grant system, there is no way that I would be able to pursue my dreams of becoming a Physician Assistant. I come from a small town and it is so rewarding to have the opportunity to pursue my dreams at The College of St. Scholastica. The grant money helps to lessen the amount of loans, debt, and burden placed on my family and I. I am a huge believer in making your dreams come true. Anything that positively supports a young person's dream is priceless and worth supporting."
"The Minnesota State Grant has allowed me to focus my attention on my classes and extra-curriculars. With these experiences, I am confident that I will be able to graduate and give back to the state of Minnesota for its generosity in funding part of my education."
"The State Grant has made college more affordable for me and allows me to receive an education at a college of my choosing. The Minnesota State grant program has also affected many other students in my immediate cohort, and has dictated whether or not they can be in school."
"Receiving the State Grant impacts my education at Bethany by letting me have the opportunity to attend a small Christian college where the professors really care about their students. Without the grant, going to college would be stressful because I am paying for my own education and with the grant it takes off a lot of stress. I am truly blessed that I received the State Grant."
“The Minnesota State Grant makes affording Hamline University a possibility for me. As a first generation college student from immigrant parents, I am able to reach for and achieve my full potential for higher education and get me closer to my career goal of working to alleviate the health disparities in this state and across the nation.”
“With the Minnesota State Grant program I am able to take the courses and courseload needed to pursue my major and career in nursing. The grant has alleviated the financial stress of school’s cost and affordability, which in turn has given me the opportunity and time to focus on my studies and extracurricular activities.”
“I am currently financing my college education with loans and some small payments by way of my employment. The grant allows some reassurance that I can pay all of my tuition. I am extremely grateful for the grant, for the last year, this year, and hopefully future years.”
“Carleton is a challenging liberal arts college. It is nice to know all of your hard work has paid off and will continue to without an economic toll.”
“The Minnesota State Grant allowed me to choose the college that was right for me. At Gustavus, I get one-on-one interactions with faculty, work with an alumni mentor, and am able to participate in a wide variety of co-curricular activities.”