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 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

The State Grant is important to me because it helped me be the first in my family to go to college. Without it, the opportunity to attend Hamline would not be possible.”

Youa Yang
Hometown:
St. Paul
School:
Hamline University
Class of
2016
Major:
Legal Studies
Minor:
Criminal Justice and Chinese
Extra-curriculars:
Member of the Hmong Student Association and Asian American Pacific Coalition

Without the State Grant, I would have had a lot less options for school. At Gustavus, I have the freedom to explore my interests and to discover new talents outside my discipline.”

Jordyn Taylor
Hometown:
Savage
School:
Gustavus Adolphus College
Class of
2016
Major:
English and Communication Studies
Extra-curriculars:
President, Zeta Chi Phi Multicultural Sorority; belongs to Pan-Afrikan Student Organization; writing center volunteer and work-study position in the marketing and communications office

"Paying for college definitely wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t have financial aid. The State Grant is key. Without it, I would have been in a much more difficult position, in terms of managing my tuition. Concordia University was definitely a good fit for me.”

Ren Souvannasoth
Hometown:
Chanhassen
School:
Concordia University, St. Paul
Class of
2014
Major:
Communication Studies
Extra-curriculars:
Internships with North Metro TV, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters and KSTP-TV; writer for university newspaper The Sword; member of the Student Senate, Student Alumni Council and Lambda Pi Eta Honorary Society

"My mom passed away when I was 13 and my dad has had cancer twice and is retired. Without the State Grant I would not be able to go to St. Ben’s and get the education that I’m working for.

Erin Boggs
Hometown:
St. Paul
School:
College of Saint Benedict / Saint John’s University
Class of
2018
Major:
Psychology
Minor:
Nutrition
Extra-curriculars:
Belongs to Alpha Kappa Sigma Sorority, works at Noodles & Company

"The State Grant has allowed my twin sister and I to attend Concordia College. Without receiving it we would not have been able to attend. I wanted to play college hockey and the State Grant has allowed me to play the sport that I love and receive a great education."

Abby Kratzke
Hometown:
Zimmerman
School:
Concordia College, Moorhead
Class of
2016
Major:
Sociology
Minor:
Spanish
Extra-curriculars:
Plays for Concordia’s women’s hockey team; student leadership representative for Student Government; Love Your Melon Ambassador; Cobber Ambassador; event set-up manager

"The State Grant is important to me because it gives me more free time to be involved in activities and to focus on my studies. I already work many hours a week and adding more hours would be stressful. The State Grant has made my college experience more affordable.”

Anna Lieske
Hometown:
Mankato
School:
Bethany Lutheran College
Class of
2018
Major:
Exercise Science
Extra-curriculars:
Member of track and field team; belongs to Bethany’s Organization of Student Scientists amd Bethany Activities Committee; works part-time at Cub Foods and as an admissions assistant

"Being a first-generation student, raised in a single-parent household, I know how important grants and financial aid are to helping me complete my education. My mother has two daughters in college, and the fact that we are able to get support from the State Grant has helped a lot."

Lauren Canales Salgad
Hometown:
Minneapolis
School:
Augsburg University
Class of
2017
Major:
Political Science, Gender/Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Extra-curriculars:
Bonner Leadership Program, Tutor at Safe Place Homework Help, mentor for the Emerging Leaders Program, belongs to Augsburg Latin American Students Club and event coordinator for Save the Kids

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