FGR Staff

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

Amanda Abrahamson
Grant Proposal Specialist
(218) 723-6734

Katie Morford
Grant Reporting Specialist
(218) 723-6185

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 $4.36 million in grants during the 2016-2017 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


HRSA - Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET)

The College of St. Scholastica recently received a $1.33 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the Rural Optimization of Behavioral Health for Underserved settings and Trainees (ROBUST) initiative. Led by the efforts of Lee Gustafson, chair of Social Work, and Paula Tracey, assistant professor and Masters of Social Work (MSW) Field Director, this 4-year grant will provide stipends to MSW students who are committed to working within the rural environment of northern Minnesota, including the area's tribal communities, with an emphasis on integrated behavioral health. The ROBUST integrated behavioral health initiative will play a critical role in the development of students' interdisciplinary clinical social work skills, and equip them to commit to future work in rural, vulnerable, and medically underserved communities.

HRSA Health Workforce

HRSA - Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded the College a $1.4 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant. This two-year grant supports the Rural Academic Practice Partnership (RAPP) for Northeastern Minnesota which will help St. Scholastica expand its partnership with Essentia Health to prepare primary care advanced practice nursing students to practice in rural and under-served communities in northeastern Minnesota.


TRIO Grants:  Upward Bound (UB), Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS), McNair Scholars Program

The U.S. Department of Education awarded new five-year grants of $365,197 per year to St. Scholastica's UB Program and $278,100 per year to our UBMS Program. The UB and UBMS programs, led by Amy Galarowicz, seek to improve persistence, GPAs, high school graduation rates, college enrollments, and college graduation for 138 low income and potential first-generation college students in area high schools by providing intensive services to participants. The College also was awarded a new five-year McNair Scholars grant of $260,137 per year. This grant provides intensive services to 28 low-income and first-generation students enrolled at CSS or UMD, as well as potential transfer students from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and Lake Superior College. McNair activities engage participants in research and scholarly activities, with the goal of increasing graduate school enrollment and graduation rates, particularly in STEM fields.