Students, faculty and staff are reminded of two events early this month related to the Minnesota State Grant Program.

Stop by Campus Way, on the second level of the Anderson Student Center east of the stairwell, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, March 2, to write notes thanking your state senator and representative for supporting the State Grant Program. Staff members from Enrollment Services and the Minnesota Private College Council will be present with computers and note cards.

 There also still is time to sign up for St. Thomas Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 8. Participants at the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. event will meet with senators and representatives from their home districts to discuss the importance of the grant program. Lunch vouchers will be provided, and St. Thomas will run a bus between the St. Paul campus and the Capitol.

Register here.

This year, 1,370 St. Thomas undergraduate students are receiving $4.56 million in need-based state grants, or an average of $3,325 per student. The Legislature already has set the program budget for the 2012-13 academic year, but legislators still need to hear from the St. Thomas community about the importance of the grant program.

Questions? Call Doug Hennes, University Relations, (651) 962-6402; or Tom Deiley, legislative senator for the Undergraduate Student Government, (651) 675-9094.