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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“One of the biggest reasons I wanted to go to college was to study abroad. This didn’t seem possible because I came from a lower income background. The Minnesota State Grant made that dream possible and provided for me an academic and life experience that I’ll cherish forever.

Kholood Mo’allim
Hometown:
Eden Prairie
School:
St. Olaf College
Class of
2022
Major:
French and Philosophy
Extra-curriculars:
KSTO radio, ESL Club, Muslim Student Association, Karibu, Hmong Dialogue and Leadership, Europe and Caucasus and Central Asia Organization

“The Minnesota State Grant means that I get a chance at success. I am provided with the opportunity to thrive not only in higher education, but also in life afterwards. In easing the financial burden of schooling, the Minnesota State Grant provides me with the ability to focus on learning and improving the world around us.

Jordan Malikowski
Hometown:
Royalton
School:
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Class of
2021
Major:
Accounting
Extra-curriculars:
Vice president of Serving Others United in Love (SOUL), treasurer of the Deprecor Club, vice president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor)

“The Minnesota State Grant allows me to receive a higher education and achieve my goal of being a social worker. Without the Minnesota State Grant college would not be a possibility.

Chantell Armijo Cruz
Hometown:
Richfield
School:
College of St. Scholastica
Class of
2019
Major:
Social Work and Psychology
Extra-curriculars:
LatinX Student Union, Student Government Association Vice-President

“Macalester was my dream school from the moment I first visited campus. The Minnesota State Grant allows me to continue my education at a college that made me feel at home from day one.

Audrey Kellar
Hometown:
Proctor
School:
Macalester College
Class of
2022
Major:
Neuroscience
Extra-curriculars:
MacPlayers and Lives of Commitment

“Minnesota is my home. Thanks to The Minnesota State Grant I have the confidence to finish my dual degree at the university where I feel I really belong. The grant program is helping me achieve my academic goals.”

Angel Xiong
Hometown:
Brooklyn Park
School:
St. Catherine University
Class of
2021
Major:
Marketing
Extra-curriculars:
St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church youth volunteer, peer mentor, 3M Sales for Social Impact participant, the BrandLab alum

“I’m able to pursue my goal of expanding our appreciation for nature and the environment through my work. All of this wouldn’t be possible without receiving the State Grants, which have helped financially so I can focus more on schoolwork than having to worry about making ends meet.

Andy Pan
Hometown:
Byron
School:
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Class of
2020
Major:
Graphic Design
Extra-curriculars:
AIGA Design Club member, Ping Pong Club member, Basketball Club member, design intern at Architectural Antiques, freelance photographer and designer for a small business

"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
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

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