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 $4.86 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


Tides Founation/Google

Led by the efforts of Dr. Chery Lucarelli, Chair of Graduate Education, and Jennifer Rosato, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems, The College of St. Scholastica received a $300,000 grant from the Tides Foundation on the recommendation of the Google K-12 Education Fund. This grant is for a project titled TEACH-CS: A Model for Preparing New Teachers for Inclusive and Effective CS Teaching. The project will enable the College to create a sustainable and permanent curriculum strand that will provide CS content knowledge and methods for pre-service teachers in all licensure areas.


The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory awarded the College a $33,500 grant in support of the project titled "Participation in the Observational Constraints and Tests for Dynamos in Solar-Like Stars Program." Dr. Brendan Miller will lead St. Scholastica's involvement in the project, which is an archival investigation of X-ray emission in main-sequence stars; the results of which will lay a crucial foundation for improving our physical understanding of the dynamos of solar-type stars and how they evolve in time.

Edwin Eddy Foundation Charitable Trust

The College of St. Scholastica received a grant from the Edwin Eddy Foundation Charitable Trust in the amount of $11,495. This grant is in support of captioning and interpretive services at several key College and community events during the 2016-2017 academic year; and a new initiative to develop long-term, sustainable procedures for implementing accessible practices into the College's online offerings. Both of these projects promote greater accessibility for students and community members with hearing and speech impairments. Melissa Watschke and Anita Gille from the College's Center for Equal Access will coordinate and oversee these initiatives. .


Led by the efforts of Dr. Cynthia Brown, Dr. Jesse Hinrichs, and Dr. Sheryl Sandahl, the College received a $17,937 grant from the CentraCare Health Foundation in support of the project titled "HERE (Health and Educational Resources Equity) in St. Cloud." This initiative will improve access to health educational resources for immigrant and refugee youth and families in St. Cloud. Post-baccalaureate nursing and education students from St. Scholastica's St. Cloud campus will offer health and nutrition education sessions, screenings, and heath career information for area families.