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 allowed me to select a school that was the best fit for me. The grant has enabled me to be successful in my academics while participating in different extracurricular activities on campus. I have seen it make an impact on my family as I attend a private college while two of my brother are attending a public university."

Aaisha Abdullahi
Hometown:
Saint Paul, MN
School:
Hamline University
Class of
2020
Major:
Exercise Science & Psychology
Extra-curriculars:
Minnesota Association of Private College Students, Student Alumni Board, HIPAL

"I believe in the Minnesota State Grant program and support the funding for it because it has helped so many students around me. Higher education is one of the best pipelines to success and limiting people's options of where they can go for higher education keeps people from accessing their full potential and thus, helping society reach its full potential. A student here at St. Ben's is the President of our St. Ben's Senate and has been an influential campus leader. I have learned much from her leadership and she is a state grant recipient. Our campus would not be the same without her. Students should be allowed a choice in where they think they will excel the most when it comes to a learning environment. Students want diversity and different world-views in and outside the classroom. No student wants to sit in a classroom with all people who think, act, and look exactly like them. The Minnesota State Grant program allows all students the ability to access traditionally blocked off higher education systems. I ask you to support the state grant program and allow students the autonomy to make the decision that they think is the best for their education. Students will excel a lot more when they have a say in what they think is best for them.

Abigail Ward
Hometown:
New Brighton
School:
College of Saint Benedict / Saint John’s University
Class of
2019
Major:
Political Science
Minor:
French
Extra-curriculars:
College Democrats

"Without the Minnesota State Grant system, there is no way that I would be able to pursue my dreams of becoming a Physician Assistant. I come from a small town and it is so rewarding to have the opportunity to pursue my dreams at The College of St. Scholastica. The grant money helps to lessen the amount of loans, debt, and burden placed on my family and I. I am a huge believer in making your dreams come true. Anything that positively supports a young person's dream is priceless and worth supporting."

Lexi Biermaier
Hometown:
Long Prairie
School:
College of St. Scholastica
Major:
Health Humanities with Pre-Physician Assistant

"The Minnesota State Grant has allowed me to focus my attention on my classes and extra-curriculars. With these experiences, I am confident that I will be able to graduate and give back to the state of Minnesota for its generosity in funding part of my education."

Kadey Seeger
Hometown:
Morristown
School:
St. Catherine University
Class of
2019
Major:
Social Work
Extra-curriculars:
Residence Hall Association vice president, Student Senate, National Residence Hall Honorary, Beta Epsilon Social Work Honor Society, First Generation Scholars League, Transfer Student Organization, Admissions Student Ambassador

"The State Grant has made college more affordable for me and allows me to receive an education at a college of my choosing. The Minnesota State grant program has also affected many other students in my immediate cohort, and has dictated whether or not they can be in school."

William Richardson II
Hometown:
Duluth
School:
College of St. Scholastica
Class of
2019
Major:
Peace and Justice Studies
Extra-curriculars:
Student body vice president, Scholastica Concert Band member and Center for Just Living volunteer

"Receiving the State Grant impacts my education at Bethany by letting me have the opportunity to attend a small Christian college where the professors really care about their students. Without the grant, going to college would be stressful because I am paying for my own education and with the grant it takes off a lot of stress. I am truly blessed that I received the State Grant."

Brianna Soutthivong
Hometown:
Mountain Lake
School:
Bethany Lutheran College
Class of
2018
Major:
Education Studies
Extra-curriculars:
Cross Country and Track and Field

“The Minnesota State Grant makes affording Hamline University a possibility for me. As a first generation college student from immigrant parents, I am able to reach for and achieve my full potential for higher education and get me closer to my career goal of working to alleviate the health disparities in this state and across the nation.”

Inderia Falana
Hometown:
Andover
School:
Hamline University
Class of
2019
Major:
Public Health Science
Extra-curriculars:
McVay Youth Partnership, peer educator, Hamline Elementary tutor and president of the Hamline African Student Association

“With the Minnesota State Grant program I am able to take the courses and courseload needed to pursue my major and career in nursing. The grant has alleviated the financial stress of school’s cost and affordability, which in turn has given me the opportunity and time to focus on my studies and extracurricular activities.

Baomi Phung
Hometown:
Shakopee
School:
St. Catherine University
Class of
2019
Major:
Nursing
Extra-curriculars:
Transfer and First-Year Orientation leader, LEAD Team member, Multicultural and International Services’ peer mentor, Chemistry mentor, The Reflective Woman teaching assistant and undergraduate research assistant for the physician assistant

“I am currently financing my college education with loans and some small payments by way of my employment. The grant allows some reassurance that I can pay all of my tuition. I am extremely grateful for the grant, for the last year, this year, and hopefully future years.

Young Cardinal
Hometown:
Maplewood
School:
College of Saint Benedict / Saint John’s University
Class of
2020
Major:
Biology
Extra-curriculars:
Honors planning and advisory council, biology club, pre-med club

“Carleton is a challenging liberal arts college. It is nice to know all of your hard work has paid off and will continue to without an economic toll.

Brianna Fitzpatrick
Hometown:
Wayzata
School:
Carleton College
Class of
2019
Major:
Mathematics
Extra-curriculars:
Director of Jazz and Contemporary Dance Company, French Council member, Experimental Dance Board member, Off-campus study abroad program participant - Paris spring 2018, TRIO peer leader

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