Stories

Read stories from students and families who have benefited from the State Grant program. Use the search box above to find stories about specific people or institutions.
 
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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.”

Isaak Tjaden
Hometown:
Northfield
School:
Gustavus Adolphus College
Class of
2018
Major:
Management
Extra-curriculars:
Men’s hockey, Gustie Greeter orientation leader, Student Athlete Volunteer Educators, Gustavus Clean-up Crew, admission tour guide

“I don’t like to view excellence as the state of being perfect; but more so as the continuous process of restoring equity. The State Grant has helped me achieve excellence by financially supporting my fair and equal chance at receiving a private college education!

Brandon Williams
Hometown:
Minneapolis
School:
Augsburg University
Class of
2019
Major:
Political Science (Pre-Law)
Extra-curriculars:
Law and Politics in Society Group, MAPCS representative, Augsburg Day Student Government, ActSix Scholar, intramural basketball and volunteer for Young Life

“The State Grant allows me to be able to get the education I not only need but want and helps me afford college tuition on my own. This grant allows me to afford an education that I know will help me to be successful in my future endeavors.

Katherine Leininger
Hometown:
St. Paul
School:
University of St. Thomas
Class of
2018
Major:
Neuroscience
Extra-curriculars:
Member of the St. Thomas Neuroscience club, does research on campus studying the olfactory system of rats

“The Minnesota State Grant program has allowed me to focus on being successful both in and out of the classroom. If it was not for this program I would not be able to attend a school where I am supported by everyone I come in contact with and where my success is of the utmost importance.

Natalie Barron
Hometown:
St. Cloud
School:
St. Catherine University
Class of
2018
Major:
Applied Science in Exercise Science, Pre-PT
Extra-curriculars:
Math tutor at the O’Neill Center, study advocate for the Emerging Scholars Program, youth baseball coach for the City of St. Cloud, volunteer note taker for the O’Neill Center, member of the Nutrition and Exercise Science Club

“The Minnesota State Grant program has affected my ability to attend St. Scholastica by helping ease the financial burden that college often places on students. With this grant I don’t have to worry about getting another job, and it allows me to focus on my responsibilities as a student and build connections with those around me.

Sydney Slagter
Hometown:
Olivia
School:
College of St. Scholastica
Class of
2020
Major:
Nursing
Extra-curriculars:
Student Senate, Active Minds, Student Nurses Association, Benedictine Friends, work-study position on campus

“I was always taught that an investment in oneself and one’s future is worth making. Carleton College is a school that I worked very hard to attend. The Minnesota State Grant program helps to make sure that work wasn’t in vain.

Freddie Gillespie
Hometown:
Woodbury
School:
Carleton College
Class of
2019
Major:
Computer Science
Extra-curriculars:
Carleton’s basketball team and presentation, events, and production support assistant

“Having the State Grant lessens the burden for my family. Without the State Grant, I would have to go to school part-time.

Dah Dah
Hometown:
St. Paul
School:
Bethel University
Class of
2019
Major:
Communications and Theater
Extra-curriculars:
Act Six Scholar, gospel choir member, Peer Empowering mentee, works at the Office of Admissions and as a student proctor for the office of Disability Resources and Services

The Minnesota State Grant program has allowed me to attend Bethany with confidence in my financial situation. It has allowed me the chance to spend more time concentrating on my studies.”

Nicole Moldstad
Hometown:
North Mankato
School:
Bethany Lutheran College
Class of
2018
Major:
Biology
Extra-curriculars:
Women’s Soccer, vice president of Bethany Organization of Student Scientists, volunteer in Coffee Lab, member of the Scholastic Leadership Society, member of the Scholastic Leadership Institute, works for Admissions as a tour guide

The State Grant has helped me focus on my academic success without worrying about paying for school. The grant has allowed me to be as involved as I can be on campus.”

Sagal Hadafow
Hometown:
Brooklyn Center
School:
St. Catherine University
Class of
2019
Major:
Life Science (Biology) teaching grades 9-12
Minor:
Teaching English as a Second Language, Computer Science
Extra-curriculars:
Member of Senate, Muslim Student Association, First Generation League of Scholars; works as student assistant in Financial Aid Office

“It is hard to imagine my life without the Minnesota State Grant. I am really grateful to receive it and it makes school affordable. I don’t know if I would be getting a college education if I did not have the State Grant.

Ruba Kenyi
Hometown:
Rochester
School:
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Class of
2018
Major:
Psychology
Extra-curriculars:
Member of Black Student and Allies, member of Multicultural Committee, First Generation Initiative study assistant, works as a food server in cafeteria and volunteers for Buddies

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