Diverse Scholars Program at Framingham State University

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Program Overview

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 the Center for Academic Success and Advising, 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. 

For more information, contact:

Grace McDonald
Diverse Scholars Program Coordinator
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: 508-215-5883
Email: gmcdonald1@framingham.edu

Student Spotlight: Will O'Malley

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Meet Will O’Malley! Will is a 21 year old FSU student who resides in Hopkinton, MA. He began the MAICEI program in the Fall of 2017. Will has excelled in a several classes at FSU ranging from Earth Science to Geography, Fashion and Nutrition. In between all his studying and classwork, Will still finds time to enjoy playing ping pong and pool at the college’s game room. Will manages stay balanced thanks to his sense of humor and can-do attitude. Will is truly a positive asset to campus life because he is nice to everyone he meets. Faculty and staff who work with Will cite his friendliness and sincerity as things that stand out about him. When he’s not working at his local Price Chopper, Will can be found riding his bike or watching 80s movies. Will hopes to continue his involvement in his community, whether it’s going to FSU for events or getting involved at the Hopkinton library. His current aspiration is get a paid, full time job working at Sodexo in Hopkinton. Those of us who know Will anticipate that he will be successful in achieving his goals.

Campus Overview

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Founded in 1839 and located in Framingham, Massachusetts, Framingham State University offers small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Framingham State University is a public university serving approximately 4,600 undergraduates and 1,800 graduate students. The FSU campus stretches across 73 acres and is home to over 60 student clubs and sports.

Framingham State University is committed to inclusive excellence through collaborative and sustainable partnerships with faculty, staff, students and the greater community. Framingham State University is honored to be recognized for the second year as a recipient of the INSIGHT into Diversity prestigious 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. The HEED award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the areas of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.