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Recent Grants

Kristi Bolen, TRIO

Student Support Services - U.S. Department of Education; 9/1/15-8/31/16, year 1 of 5; $284,753

ESU’s Student Support Services (SSS) program received a new 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Student Support Services has been helping college students from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in and finish college at ESU since 1984.

SSS is one of the Department of Education’s TRIO programs providing services such as tutoring, mentoring, and financial advising to low-income, first-generation college students from their matriculation to graduation. Under the direction of Kristi Bolen, the SSS program creates a climate of support specifically designed to facilitate student learning and development, enabling the student to access, persist and graduate from college.

ESU’s SSS grant proposal received perfect scores from reviewers – an impressive achievement in the highly competitive environment of federal grants. SSS will receive $284,753/year for five years, for a total of over $1.4 million. For more information on the Student Support Services program at ESU, visit

Mirah Dow, School of Library and Information Management

STEM-ALL: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Information Technology and Scientific Literacy for ALL Learners - Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); 6/1/15-5/31/18; $496,277

A 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant, STEM-All is a collaboration with representatives from other ESU departments to broaden library and information science education through formal integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) into the Master of Library Science curriculum.   The three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will support a cohort of 25 school librarians/SLIM library students  and 25 practicing teachers/students from The Teachers College who plan to co-teach upper elementary and middle (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) STEM content areas. The participants will earn an Information, Technology, and Scientific Literacy Certificate after completing four courses focused on co-teaching STEM subjects. Classes for the STEM-ALL project will begin in fall 2015.

The STEM-ALL project is one of 16 funded proposals out of 100 applications to the IMLS to receive funding in 2015. One reviewer summed up the need for this type of endeavor this way: “This project is of significant importance given the critical need to educate Americans so that they can fully participate in tomorrow's society as good science citizens capable of evidenced-based reasoning and problem solving. Additionally, the project brings attention to new pedagogical models and approaches that integrates different skill sets held by teachers and libraries with the positive results of a holistic education for the nation's children which includes content mastery and information literacy.”  Co-Director is Dr. Kenneth Thompson, Physical Sciences.

Katrina Miller and Damara Paris, Counselor Education

Get the Heartland Working! Training Highly Competent Rehabilitation CounselorsU.S. Department of Education; 10/1/14-9/30/19; $184,548, year one of five-year grant.

This new five-year grant addresses a critical shortage of qualified personnel in rural Kansas and Nebraska by making rehabilitation education accessible online, reaching out to working human services paraprofessionals who want to advance in the field.  The project will implement a 48-credit hour, CORE-accredited, online master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling by recruiting 20 academically excellent scholars from rural Kansas and Nebraska, culminating in the placement of  highly competent rehabilitation counselors into state, federal, and community-based vocational rehabilitation counselor positions into the Heartland workforce.  Selected applicants will receive tuition and related supports throughout the course of study.  The Heartland proposal was developed by a cross-disciplinary team of faculty, coordinated by Dr. Katrina Miller with co-author Dr. Damara Paris, who will be joining the department of Counselor Education and serving as grant director in January 2015, Dr. Marj Bock, Special Education & Adaptive, and Dr. Jim Costello, Chair, Counselor Education.  Year one of the grant award is $184,548, with annual renewals through September 30, 2019.  The total grant award will bring $918,730 to the university.

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