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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"I think that federal aid is a very important part of being able to further your education. If it weren't for federal aid and scholarships I would not have been able to attend my #1 school. So I guess you could say it changed my life for the better."

Matthew Williams
Hometown:
Hastings, MN
School:
Gustavus Adolphus College
Class of
2019
Major:
Potential Athletic Training Major
Extra-curriculars:
Choir, Hall Council, Intermurals

“There is nothing more important to me than family. The State Grant allowed me to remain close to home in order to help support my family, in addition to furthering my education at one of the nation’s elite colleges.”

Nick Shriver
Hometown:
Blaine
School:
Macalester College
Class of
2018
Major:
Sociology
Minor:
History and Legal Studies
Extra-curriculars:
Plays football and member of the Fishing Club

"The Minnesota student aid is important not just to me but also a lot of students who have a financial problem. Receiving the aid makes our dream of a higher education come closer because it enables us to concentrate on academic more and worry for finance less. Coming from a poor family, the Minnesota and federal aid have helped my family a lot. It allows me to go to college and focus on my goals. I believe that this aid should continue forever because it can change a person's life. It changed my life and I want it to change other people's live, too!"

Yee Lor
Hometown:
Brooklyn Center
School:
Gustavus Adolphus College
Class of
2019
Major:
Athletic Training
Extra-curriculars:
Choir

The State Grant has helped my family and it lessens the stress and anxiety on how we would possibly pay for tuition. Because I have received this grant, I am able to attend Concordia University.”

Julie Dluabci Yang
Hometown:
Little Canada
School:
Concordia University, St. Paul
Class of
2018
Major:
Psychology
Extra-curriculars:
Bold Scholarship recipient, Member of Concordia Hmong Student Association, plays for Intramural Volleyball team; works in Financial Services office

"Before, I did not even have a career plan and didn’t think that college and a four year degree was even possible. The State Grant has made a lot of things possible for me. I worry less about paying for school.

Franz Tasha
Hometown:
Inver Grove Heights
School:
Concordia College, Moorhead
Class of
2019
Major:
Management Information Systems
Extra-curriculars:
Plays for Concordia’s football team; works in career services

"I was told that I would be responsible for contributing to my college education and it was not until after I had selected the institution of my choice that my family told me that they would contribute financially. Because of institutional awards and federal and state awards, I will graduate from a private college with less than $27,000 of debt. Had I chosen other institutions, I do not know what situation I would be facing right now. I do know though that the Minnesota State Grant Program allowed my family to have the privilege of a choice when it comes to my higher education and for that I am extremely grateful."

Logan Boese
Hometown:
Lake Wilson
School:
Gustavus Adolphus College
Class of
2016
Major:
Religion and Philosophy
Extra-curriculars:
Sacristan for Christ Chapel, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Gustavus Ambassadors, Inter-Greek Senate, Collegiate Fellow, Gustavus Choir, Class of 2016 Co-President

"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

"Without the State Grant, I simply would not be able to afford a St. Thomas education. The State Grant has made a big difference.”

Antonio Erski
Hometown:
St. Paul
School:
University of St. Thomas
Class of
2016
Major:
Accounting
Extra-curriculars:
hurdler on the track and field team, resident adviser in Brady Residence Hall, belongs to Accounting Club and Rock Climbing Club

"My family is low-income and I am a first-generation student. It is more difficult for my family to understand the support I need to obtain a four-year degree. Without the State Grant I would not be going to St. Olaf. I would probably be working an ordinary job and not pursuing a college career.”

Zoua Lor
Hometown:
Brooklyn Center
School:
St. Olaf College
Class of
2018
Major:
Psychology
Extra-curriculars:
Works as a tutor in local elementary schools and at the telecommunications office, belongs to the Hmong Women Dialogue Club, Hmong Women Outreach and Student Life Committee

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