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 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

"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

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