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 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 and Center for Just Living

"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 (TRW) Teaching Assistant, 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

The Minnesota State Grant allowed me to choose the college that was right for me. At Gustavus, I get one-on-one interactions with faculty, work with an alumni mentor, and am able to participate in a wide variety of co-curricular activities.”

Isaak Tjaden
Hometown:
Northfield
School:
Gustavus Adolphus College
Class of
2018
Major:
Management
Extra-curriculars:
Men’s hockey, Gustie Greeter orientation leader, Student Athlete Volunteer Educators, Gustavus Clean-up Crew, admission tour guide

“I don’t like to view excellence as the state of being perfect; but more so as the continuous process of restoring equity. The State Grant has helped me achieve excellence by financially supporting my fair and equal chance at receiving a private college education!

Brandon Williams
Hometown:
Minneapolis
School:
Augsburg University
Class of
2019
Major:
Political Science (Pre-Law)
Extra-curriculars:
Law and Politics in Society Group, MAPCS representative, Augsburg Day Student Government, ActSix Scholar, intramural basketball and volunteer for Young Life

“The State Grant allows me to be able to get the education I not only need but want and helps me afford college tuition on my own. This grant allows me to afford an education that I know will help me to be successful in my future endeavors.

Katherine Leininger
Hometown:
St. Paul
School:
University of St. Thomas
Class of
2018
Major:
Neuroscience
Extra-curriculars:
Member of the St. Thomas Neuroscience club, does research on campus studying the olfactory system of rats

“The Minnesota State Grant program has allowed me to focus on being successful both in and out of the classroom. If it was not for this program I would not be able to attend a school where I am supported by everyone I come in contact with and where my success is of the utmost importance.

Natalie Barron
Hometown:
St. Cloud
School:
St. Catherine University
Class of
2018
Major:
Applied Science in Exercise Science, Pre-PT
Extra-curriculars:
Math tutor at the O’Neill Center, study advocate for the Emerging Scholars Program, youth baseball coach for the City of St. Cloud, volunteer note taker for the O’Neill Center, member of the Nutrition and Exercise Science Club

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