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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
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
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
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No