FGR Staff

Janet Rosen
Associate Vice President for College Advancement
(218) 723-6072

Elise (Ellie) Frischmann
Grant Proposal Specialist
(218) 723-6185

Amanda Abrahamson
Grant Reporting Specialist
(218) 723-6734

Brenda Kimlinger
Administrative Assistant

Foundation and Government Relations

Foundation and Government Relations (FGR) is responsible for managing the College's relationships with private foundations and government agencies. Our goal is to secure grant support in order to maximize educational opportunities for the St. Scholastica community and regional audiences. The College received $4.86 million in grants during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Thank you to everyone at the College who has collaborated with us over the past year, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve even greater success in the year ahead. Some of the more noteworthy grants received recently are featured below.

News of Note


 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HRSA

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HRSA

The College of St. Scholastica was recently awarded a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HRSA in support of the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) during the 2016-2017 academic year. This program, led by Dr. Patricia Senk, will support primary care DNP students. The program’s overall goal is to increase the numbers of advance practice primary care nurses serving rural and under-served population in northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.



Led by the efforts of Julie Zaruba Fountaine and Julie Gehlen, the College received a three-year, $29,975 NCAA CHOICES grant. The CSS Team Choice project is a comprehensive prevention program that takes a collaborative approach to improve the campus climate and reduce alcohol abuse on campus by coordinating all aspects of the college athletic experience. The project builds on St. Scholastica’s mission to prepare students “for responsible living and meaningful work” by striving to equip student athletes to make decisions that promote responsible choices and enable all students to reach their greatest potential – whether on an athletic team or in the classroom.

 National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Science Foundation

Led by the efforts of Dean Jo Olsen, Dean Aileen Beard, Beth LaVigne, and Donna Kirk, NSF recently awarded The College of St. Scholastica a $1.2 million grant to increase the number of new math and science teachers committed to teaching in rural and urban high-need Minnesota communities. Much of the grant award will be used to provide Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships to 34 undergraduate or GTL students, with a focus on students with financial need and those who are underrepresented in teaching science and math including first-generation college students, women, and students of color. Additional funds will support a variety of activities to motivate high school, community college, and entering four-year college students to pursue teaching careers. Click here for more information.

 U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education

The College of St. Scholastica received a five-year, $1.35 million grant in support of the TRIO Talent Search Program. The Talent Search Program, led by Susan Kurth, will address the needs of 654 low-income and first-generation potential college students in two northeastern Minnesota counties. The project includes a comprehensive array of activities and services designed to increase high school persistence, completion of rigorous coursework, and graduation, as well as postsecondary entry, re-entry, and graduation.