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Diverse Scholars Program

Diverse Scholars Program
Framingham State University
Diverse Scholars Program
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 1701
Program Contact LaDonna Bridges
Program Contact Email
Phone 508-215-5883
Website Program website

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.

Program information submitted: March 10, 2021

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
School district or agency partner: Grafton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Needham, Northborough, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-22
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental disabilities
Program length: Varies from student to student
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:
  • Local School District funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No