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Framingham State Receives $25,000 Grant for PLUS
Framingham State was recently awarded a one-year $25,000 grant from the Mabel A. Horne Fund to help cover costs associated with the University’s PLUS program, according to Jonathan Lee, associate director of grants and sponsored programs.
PLUS (Program Leading to Undergraduate Success) is housed within the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA) and provides tutoring, mentoring and academic support to help students successfully adapt to post-secondary life.
The program is specifically geared toward first-year students who have shown potential for academic success but have been deemed by the Admissions Office as likely to require academic assistance.
PLUS has been in place for more than 20 years. Approximately 40 students are accepted into it each year. Students in the program spend two hours per week in tutoring meetings and one hour each week with a peer mentor, who emphasizes good organizational skills and study habits.
The grant funds will support a portion of the cost of the salary for the PLUS coordinator, as well as stipends for subject tutors and peer mentors in the program.
Bank of America Philanthropic Management oversees the Mabel A. Horne Fund. Dr. Christopher Gregory, assistant dean of academic affairs and director of advising, and PLUS Program Coordinator Emily Abel worked with Lee on the grant application.
FSU gets Grant to offer STEM Education Summer Program
The Commonwealth Corps recently awarded Framingham State $29,436 to run a summer program for local middle school students on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education.
The program, dubbed the “Science and Technology, Service-Learning and College Awareness” project, will be run in collaboration with Framingham Public Schools and serve up to 140 of the town’s middle school students. It will consist of 10 Corps members, who are pre-service teacher interns from FSU.
For the duration of the program, the middle school students will engage in enrichment activities related to STEM education, service-learning and college awareness at three sites in the Framingham community - the FSU McAuliffe Center, Framingham Cable Access TV (FPAC-TV) station and Framingham High School.
The middle school students’ behavior, initiative and relationships with adults and peers will be measured with the expectation that 80 percent of participants will show a 10 percent increase in all areas assessed.
The program also affords the Corps members the opportunity to begin their own professional development, which will be measured through staff observations and daily reviews of their participation.
Framingham State Receives Grant to Assist Nursing Students
Framingham State was recently awarded a $20,000 grant that will allow the University to award scholarships to undergraduate students in the Nursing Program.
The grant comes from the Framingham Union Aid Association, Inc., according to Jonathan Lee, the associate director of grants and sponsored programs.
Students in the University’s Nursing Program have already received an associate’s degree from a two-year college or a diploma from a hospital school of nursing. They come to Framingham State to pursue their baccalaureate degree.
Scholarship money will be awarded to students who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Are part-time or full-time undergraduate nursing students at Framingham State University
- Have overall grade point averages of 3.0 or higher
- Have completed three nursing courses
- Will use the money to assist with education expenses, such as tuition and book costs
Framingham State Awarded Dual Enrollment Grant
Vice President of University Advancement Christopher Hendry announced in November 2010 that Framingham State has been awarded a $24,100 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education for the school’s 2011 spring semester Dual Enrollment Program.
The Framingham State Dual Enrollment Program allows local area high school students to take courses at the University for high school and future college credit. Many of the students targeted for the program are the first generation in their immediate family to attend a higher education institution. Officials are looking for students interested in studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses. The majority of the grant money will cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for the students, so they can enroll in the program at no cost.
Scott Greenberg, dean of graduate and continuing education, worked with Peter Dittami, coordinator of the FSU Dual Enrollment Program, and Jonathan Lee, associate director of grants and sponsored programs, to secure the funding.