The Foundation and Government Relations (FGR) office works with faculty and staff pursuing grant opportunities, manages the College's relationships with funding agencies; monitors grant administration, stewardship, and compliance; and guides government relations and advocacy efforts. The College typically receives about $5 million annually in grants; federal and state grants comprise about 80 percent of that total and the balance is from foundation grants.
College faculty and staff may not solicit funds from foundations, corporations, or government agencies without involving FGR staff. This is to prevent duplication of efforts and submission of concurrent proposals to the same funding agency.
The College of St. Scholastica received a $100,000 award from Otto Bremer Trust in February 2021 to increase staff training and professional development opportunities for northwestern Wisconsin healthcare professionals. This project will increase the knowledge of participating healthcare providers, expand nursing certification opportunities, and develop the infrastructure for a sustainable professional training program based at the College. By developing and providing professional development options for staff at independent rural hospitals in northwestern Wisconsin, this project will enhance the quality of patient care and may strengthen the facilities’ competitiveness in gaining re-accreditation and attracting new patients. This, in turn, will help address workforce shortages as these rural partner sites become more competitive in attracting new graduates seeking practice careers in northwestern Wisconsin. The project is led by School of Nursing Dean Dr. Sheryl Sandahl.
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education awarded the College $249,837 of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, provided by the U.S. Department of Education, to support technology needs for students of color, Indigenous students, students with disabilities, and low-income students through the PARITY (Providing Access to Resources and Instructional Technology for You) initiative. This key support ensures that all students have full access to online and hybrid learning, access that became critically important given the massive shift to online and hybrid learning modalities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This three-year award is allowing the College to provide laptops, printers, headsets, WiFi hotspots, and internet access to eligible students, promote the availability of online curriculum on academic technologies/ productivity tools, increase technology support in hybrid classes that enroll ≥ 90% of high-need students, and promote the availability of training and mentoring on technology-based career development tools to high-need students. As the College continues to adapt instructional methods in response to the pandemic and student needs, this initiative will ensure all students are equipped for effective learning and academic excellence.
The Helene Fuld Health Trust awarded the College a three-year $642,786 grant to support scholarships for post-baccalaureate nursing (PBN) students. Of the total grant, more than $500,000 will be used to create an endowment to provide PBN scholarship support into perpetuity while the remainder will be used for current PBN scholarships through spring 2023. This grant will increase the amount of need-based aid available to PBN students at both the Duluth and St. Cloud campuses.
With a $6,000 grant from Sandbulte Family Higher Education Endowment Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and support from several private donors, the College will be launching a Bridge program in summer 2021 to support first-generation and/or underrepresented students in their transition to College. STEM U.P. (Undergraduate Prep) will provide first-generation, and/or underrepresented students interested in entering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors an opportunity to come to CSS for an introduction to college math and science, acclimate to campus life, connect to resources and programs that have histories of student success, and create community while building confidence. The overall goals of STEM U.P. are to aid students in making smooth transitions into CSS programs and in making connections across the community to support achievement and retention in STEM. Desired outcomes from participation in STEM U.P. are increased self-efficacy, strong connections to campus resources, and academic enthusiasm.