The Diverse Scholars Program

Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment at FSU:

The Diverse Scholars Program at Framingham State University provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22, to come to campus and engage in FSU courses, internships, and student life. 

Opportunities
Diverse Scholars can: audit courses aligned with interests and long-term vocational goals; join FSU student clubs and activities; attend job skills workshops; utilize FSU facilities, and build friendships with peers.

Accomplish
The Diverse Scholars Program provides students with opportunities for increasing independence, self-advocacy, self-expression, and social-emotional skills. Students work with their Ed Coach, peer mentor and University staff to set and achieve personal goals.

Grow
A typical day on campus includes going to class, completing class assignments, spending time with peer mentor and friends, having lunch, visiting the career center, exercising, socializing, and more.

Background
FSU joins other state universities and colleges in offering the Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative, a statewide initiative since 2007. For more information about the MA ICEI, visit: 

Eligible students

The Diverse Scholars Program at FSU is open to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who:

  • Are 18 to 22, have not passed MCAS, and are eligible for special education services as documented through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP); or
  • Are 20 to 21, have passed MCAS, but still eligible for special education with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) because of significant functional disabilities, transition needs, etc.
  • Have academic and vocational interests aligned with FSU course offerings
  • Have expressed a desire to be independent
  • Have expressed interest in community social events

To Apply

If you are interested in applying to the Diverse Scholars Program at Framingham State University, please contact your high school's transition program to discuss eligibility. Applications are obtained and referrals to the Diverse Scholars Program are made through the prospective student's school district. 

Contact Information

For more information about the Diverse Scholars Program, contact: 

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

LaDonna Bridges
Associate Dean of Academic Success
Director, Center for Academic Success and Advising
Framingham State University
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701
508-626-4906 (office)
lbridges@framingham.edu