The story at The College of St. Scholastica

State Grant

There were 912 State Grant recipients on campus in academic year 2018-19 — that’s 31 percent of all St. Scholastica undergraduates.

  • The average State Grant award at St. Scholastica was $5,165.
  • In total, more than $4.7 million in State Grant awards were made to St. Scholastica students.

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

Pell Grant

There were 837 Pell Grant recipients in academic year 2018-19 — that’s 28% of all St. Scholastica students.

  • The average Pell Grant award at St. Scholastica was $4,183.
  • In total, more than $3.5 million in Pell Grant awards were made to St. Scholastica students.

“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.

Chantell Armijo Cruz
Hometown:
Richfield
School:
College of St. Scholastica
Class of
2019
Major:
Social Work and Psychology
Extra-curriculars:
LatinX Student Union, Student Government Association Vice-President

"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."

Lexi Biermaier
Hometown:
Long Prairie
School:
College of St. Scholastica
Major:
Health Humanities with Pre-Physician Assistant

"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."

William Richardson II
Hometown:
Duluth
School:
College of St. Scholastica
Class of
2019
Major:
Peace and Justice Studies
Extra-curriculars:
Student body vice president, Scholastica Concert Band member and Center for Just Living volunteer

“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

"Without the Minnesota State Grant I would not be able afford more than one class a semester. Because of this grant I am able to attend the private university that has the major I want and a program that is tailored for a working adult. I still work full time and apply for scholarships to make my educational goals possible. I grew up in a lower middle class home without financial support for college. This grant really supports the 'American Dream' and helps to narrow the income gap by allowing students like me access to higher paying jobs through education."

Rebecca Blum
Hometown:
La Crescent
School:
College of St. Scholastica
Class of
2015
Major:
Organizational Behavior
Minor:
Psychology

I chose St. Scholastica because I wanted to attend a really great school; the State Grant makes it possible for me to go here. I am not eligible to take student loans and I work 60 hours a week to pay for school.”

Brandon Torres
Hometown:
Howard Lake
School:
College of St. Scholastica
Class of
2014
Major:
Psychology
Minor:
Biology
Extra-curriculars:
Student body vice president, resident assistant at student apartment, blogger for marketing department, manager at student wellness center, member of Queer Straight Alliance

With this grant, I was able to afford to live on campus, which is huge and has allowed me to experience campus fully and focus on my studies. It also helps relieve the financial burden on my father, who is a single parent.”

Arielle Skalisky
Hometown:
Hermantown
School:
College of St. Scholastica
Class of
2016
Major:
Nursing
Minor:
Psychology (or double major)
Extra-curriculars:
Two work-study positions and also works off-campus as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a retirement community. Serves on the Student Senate, is the advertisement officer for United for Africa; member of the Asian Culture Club and the International Club.