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Minot State University and the MSU Development Foundation are pleased to announce the EMPOWER Grant, which will provide $100,000 in support of academics. Faculty and staff members may request funding up to $20,000 to increase student enrollment, to advance academics, or to enhance the academic experience for students.

Proposals will be reviewed by the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Advancement. Applicants are advised to develop their grant proposals using the proposal outline included in the request for proposals (RFP). 

EMPOWER Grant Application Information
Applications open January 1, 2023, and proposals are due February 1, 2023. Funds will be available February 15, 2023 and must be spent or encumbered by June 30, 2023 according to the Minot State Business Office policies, procedures, and deadlines. A second request for proposals (if funds are available) will open during fall 2023.

All proposals are required to have a written document that describes the proposed project using the proposal outline as described in this request for proposal (RFP) document. Incomplete proposals will not be funded. Proposals must be submitted electronically following the directions in the RFP.

Deadline for Proposal Submission: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Applicants Department/Division Grant Title Award
Evan Borisinkoff
Ruth Soderstrom 
Department of Special Education  Rekindling Connections and Building New Relationships: A Campaign to Increase Student Enrollment at MSU $20,000
Holly Pedersen
Wenjing Zheng
Department of Special Education  R(2)AISE: Recruiting & Retaining American Indian Special Educators $12,500
James Sturm Looyenga Leadership Center Recruit Back $20,000
Beth Marschner Department of Teacher Education & Kinesiology Exercise Science & Rehabilitation Lab Equipment and Supplies $10,000
Aaron Wade Department of Math & Computer Science High School Data Challenge Competition $10,000
Carrie Lewis
Kimberly Tiedman
Department of Nursing Welcome to the Next Level Nursing Student Experience: Immerse Yourself to Prepare to Care $9,250
Daren Erisman
Warren Gamas
Jennifer Sherman
Department of Math and Computer Science, Department of Teacher Education and Kinesiology Empowering Students for Data Science at Minot State University: Program Marketing and Increasing Enrollment from Area High Schools $7,000
Charlotte Sophia Rammell Interdisciplinary Studies Program Prior Learning Assessments across Campus $7,000
Emerson Eads Division of Performing Arts I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes To The Hills: An MSU Concert Choir Recruitment Trip $6,000
Chad Williamson Department of Biology Biogeography of Sapelo Island, Georgia $5,500
Muhammad Abusaqer
Darren Seifert 
Department of Math & Computer Science Empowering Cybersecurity Major through the National Cyber League $3,500
Total $110,750