Monday, July 15th, 2024

#4: Grants

Our #4 story is all about how some notable grants will assist students in their academic endeavors.

Thanks to the generosity of various institutions and the hard work of Millersville faculty and staff, the University received several notable grants this year to further the education and hands-on learning of its students. Our #4 story of the year highlights just a few.

“It’s on Us”

For the seventh year in a row, the University received a portion of the $1 million “It’s on Us PA” grant, part of the campaign which is aimed at addressing sexual assault on college campuses.

MU is using the funds provided by the grant to expand prevention programs, provide additional training to support and respond to those impacted by sexual violence, train more individuals about bystander intervention through Green Dot and implement the University’s own Be the One to Speak Up campaign.


Millersville University received $189,914 as a partner of the Lancaster County Workforce Division Board’s ACHIEVE project. The purpose of the grant is to help jobseekers re-enroll in educational programs, designed to assist Pennsylvanians who began studying in higher education for in-demand fields but had to leave their degree after two or three years.

Scholarships for Student Volunteers

A $296,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allow students who volunteer for Blue Rock Fire Rescue to be eligible for up to $2,500 a year. The grant will primarily be applied to recruitment and retention, with the hope of welcoming 12 new students for the fire company each year.

Students who volunteer with Blue Rock Fire Rescue will be eligible for the scholarships beginning in the spring semester, including those who are currently volunteering.

National Science Foundation Grant

A five-year $3,448,451 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program will help Millersville University as the lead institution working to increase the recruitment, graduation and post-baccalaureate success of students from underrepresented groups in STEM graduate school and/or the STEM workforce.

This NSF grant is a joint effort of Millersville, East Stroudsburg University, Slippery Rock University and West Chester University. The program will provide tuition scholarships, summer stipends, travel support, and a slew of co-curricular supports and opportunities for the students involved. All this is to help meet its goal of increasing the number of students graduating with a STEM bachelor’s degree by at least 20%, from 70 graduates a year to 84 or more.

Pheonix Contact Grant

Thanks to a grant donation from Phoenix Contact, the Automation and Controls Lab in Osburn Hall will receive new equipment. Students studying automation and robotics engineering will have access to this equipment, worth close to $50,000, allowing them to develop and work with Industrial Internet of Things.

‘Internet of Things’ is an industry term that refers to collective networks of connected devices and the technology that facilitates communication among itself. This tech will be especially relevant to students who hope to be automation, controls, or manufacturing engineers.

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