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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"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

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

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