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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 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 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 courses 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 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

General
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: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 13
Requirements
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
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: 0%
Cost
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
Academic
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
Employment
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
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
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: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 09:54