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Diverse Scholars Program

Diverse Scholars Program
Framingham State University
Diverse Scholars Program
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701

The Diverse Scholars Program at Framingham State University provides opportunities for transition-aged students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (18-22), to engage in FSU courses, internships, and student life. We believe inclusion and participation by all students is essential for a thriving community of learners. Students in the Diverse Scholars Program gain access to:

  • University Coursework: students can audit one general education course aligned with the student’s interest and long-term employment goals. 
  • Vocation and Employment Support: students participate in job skills training such as resume workshops, interview skills, job informational sessions, and internships related to student’s interests and goals.
  • Peer-Mentoring: students are connected with college peers through an on-site mentoring program.  Throughout the semester, peer mentors and program participants cover a range of topics related to social and independent living skills.
  • Campus Events: students are encouraged to attend any of the several campus events open to FSU community as well as become a member of one of the many student clubs and affinity groups. 
  • Access to FSU Facilities: students have access to FSU facilities and resources including but not limited to the athletic center, dining hall, library, and game room. 

Students can attend this program if they:  Are from a partnering school district \ Have not passed the MCAS or Have passed the MCAS but only after multiple attempts.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 13
School district or agency partner: Grafton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Northborough, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough
Deadline to apply to this program: inquire with program
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-21
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down Syndome, William's Syndrome, PDD-NOS
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: nan%
Tuition amount: $0.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Local School District funds
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 33%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Clubs and Organizations including:

  • Art Club
  • Community Service Club
  • History Club
  • Wildlife Club

Students also participate in recreational activities, such as community trips, with their Peer Mentor

Last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 14:20