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 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 College
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

"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

"If I didn't receive the State Grant, I probably wouldn't be in college right now. I am the first in my family to go to college and I thought the only option, if your family doesn't have any money, was to join the military."

Bobby Rogers
Hometown:
Minneapolis
School:
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Class of
2014
Major:
Illustration - Graphic Design emphasis
Extra-curriculars:
Volleyball team, works for MCAD public safety, former assistant to chair of the Liberal Arts Department, designer for local magazine, Student Union design department representative

“I cannot imagine having to work more than I already do. I can focus more on my studies and worry less about money. My dad was in a bad car accident and it really took a toll on our family financially. Instead of choosing whatever school was the cheapest one, the State Grant opened up my opportunities."

Mariah Schultz
Hometown:
Fairmont
School:
Bethany Lutheran College
Class of
2015
Major:
Business Administration
Extra-curriculars:
Scholastic Leadership Society, works part-time at Hy-Vee, teaching assistant for business professor, works as a receptionist in the college’s business office

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