The story at St. Catherine University

State Grant

There were 1,150 State Grant recipients on campus in academic year 2018-19 — that’s 29 percent of all St. Catherine's undergraduates.

  • The average State Grant award at St. Catherine's was $4,377.
  • In total, more than $5 million in State Grant awards were made to St. Catherine's students.

View a fact sheet about St. Catherine students and the State Grant.

Pell Grant

There were 1,450 Pell Grant recipients in academic year 2018-19 — that’s 36% of all St. Catherine undergraduates.

  • The average Pell Grant award at St. Catherine was $4,112.
  • In total, $6 million in Pell Grant awards were made to St. Catherine students.

“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.”

Angel Xiong
Hometown:
Brooklyn Park
School:
St. Catherine University
Class of
2021
Major:
Marketing
Extra-curriculars:
St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church youth volunteer, peer mentor, 3M Sales for Social Impact participant, the BrandLab alum

"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."

Kadey Seeger
Hometown:
Morristown
School:
St. Catherine University
Class of
2019
Major:
Social Work
Extra-curriculars:
Residence Hall Association vice president, Student Senate, National Residence Hall Honorary, Beta Epsilon Social Work Honor Society, First Generation Scholars League, Transfer Student Organization, Admissions Student Ambassador

“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.

Baomi Phung
Hometown:
Shakopee
School:
St. Catherine University
Class of
2019
Major:
Nursing
Extra-curriculars:
Transfer and First-Year Orientation leader, LEAD Team member, Multicultural and International Services’ peer mentor, Chemistry mentor, The Reflective Woman teaching assistant and undergraduate research assistant for the physician assistant

“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 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

"The State Grant has made it possible for me to attend St. Kate’s, since I come from a low income family. This grant has opened doors for me at St. Kate’s. It has made it possible for me to be active on and off campus without being financially stressed.”

Hannah Morgan
Hometown:
Babbitt
School:
St. Catherine University
Class of
2016
Major:
Women & International Development
Minor:
Nonprofit Management, Women & the Arts,Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Extra-curriculars:
Orientation Leadership Team; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; CRU Bible Study, St. Catherine International Student Association; Student Leadership Club); Internship with Courageous heARTS

"The State Grant program has given me a chance to not only attend college, but to attend a school that I didn’t think would be financially possible for me. I’m incredibly grateful that I am able to focus on my education, rather than how I intend to pay for it.”

Brianna Vigliotti
Hometown:
St. Paul
School:
St. Catherine University
Class of
2016
Major:
Communication Studies
Minor:
Theater Performance
Extra-curriculars:
Women’s Choir, Resident Advisor — St. Mary’s Hall, reading, music

The State Grant is important to me because I need money to go to school; it decreases the amount of financial stress I have. I’m trying to do all of this on my own, so grants also reduce the amount of worry my family has that I’ll end up with a huge amount of debt when I graduate.”

Maikang Xiong
Hometown:
St. Paul
School:
St. Catherine University
Class of
2013
Major:
Accounting and Financial Economics
Minor:
Sociology
Extra-curriculars:
Student worker at the Center for Community Work and Learning, Americorps volunteer, volunteer with VITA to prepare taxes for low-income families, member of the Asian Women Association and Hmong Daughters.