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 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

"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

“I am a first-generation college student so it's been difficult because there was no college fund. Without the State Grant, I would not have had the finances to attend a school like Concordia University — it has helped me financially to reach my goal.

Taherah Shamsul-Bahri
Hometown:
Minneapolis
School:
Concordia University, St. Paul
Class of
2014
Major:
Psychology
Minor:
Family Studies
Extra-curriculars:
Student Alumni Council, United Minds of Joint Action, volunteer at the Minnesota Office of Higher Ed, internship at St. Paul Public Schools, assistant for social psychology professor

I chose St. Scholastica because I wanted to attend a really great school; the State Grant makes it possible for me to go here. I am not eligible to take student loans and I work 60 hours a week to pay for school.”

Brandon Torres
Hometown:
Howard Lake
School:
College of St. Scholastica
Class of
2014
Major:
Psychology
Minor:
Biology
Extra-curriculars:
Student body vice president, resident assistant at student apartment, blogger for marketing department, manager at student wellness center, member of Queer Straight Alliance

The biggest thing the Minnesota State Grant did was really widen my range of possibility. Cost was a huge factor in picking a school but I did not want to miss out on quality. My choices would have been significantly reduced."

Eura Chang
Hometown:
Rochester
School:
Macalester College
Class of
2015
Major:
Political Science and Educational Studies
Minor:
French and Francophone Studies
Extra-curriculars:
Bonner Community Scholar, Bonner Congress Representative, work study at the Minnesota Literacy Council, chapter co-leader of Students for Education Reform, Habitat for Humanity leadership team, African Music Ensemble

“I always imagined myself going to a private liberal arts college — small class sizes are really important to me —  but without the State Grants I could not have attended Concordia College. I hope to be a teacher and will not be making a large amount of money. I feel very fortunate to be able to attend a great school like Concordia College and I am grateful to my State Grant that made it a reality for me."

Matthew Dymoke
Hometown:
Bloomington
School:
Concordia College, Moorhead
Class of
2014
Major:
Social Studies Education
Minor:
Communication Studies
Extra-curriculars:
Student government vice president, resident assistant, member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, Cobber Ambassador, Phonathon manager, front desk worker at a residence hall, Homecoming chair

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