“One of the biggest reasons I wanted to go to college was to study abroad. This didn’t seem possible because I came from a lower income background. The Minnesota State Grant made that dream possible and provided for me an academic and life experience that I’ll cherish forever.”
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“The Minnesota State Grant means that I get a chance at success. I am provided with the opportunity to thrive not only in higher education, but also in life afterwards. In easing the financial burden of schooling, the Minnesota State Grant provides me with the ability to focus on learning and improving the world around us.”
“The Minnesota State Grant allows me to receive a higher education and achieve my goal of being a social worker. Without the Minnesota State Grant college would not be a possibility.”
“Macalester was my dream school from the moment I first visited campus. The Minnesota State Grant allows me to continue my education at a college that made me feel at home from day one.”
“Minnesota is my home. Thanks to The Minnesota State Grant I have the confidence to finish my dual degree at the university where I feel I really belong. The grant program is helping me achieve my academic goals.”
“I’m able to pursue my goal of expanding our appreciation for nature and the environment through my work. All of this wouldn’t be possible without receiving the State Grants, which have helped financially so I can focus more on schoolwork than having to worry about making ends meet.”
"The Minnesota State Grant program has allowed me to select a school that was the best fit for me. The grant has enabled me to be successful in my academics while participating in different extracurricular activities on campus. I have seen it make an impact on my family as I attend a private college while two of my brother are attending a public university."
"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.
"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."