Low-income students in Oregon State University’s College of Business will get some extra support, thanks to a $775,000 grant from the nonprofit Strada Education Network, the university announced on Wednesday.
The money will be used to ramp up career training and retention efforts in several ways:
• Expanding the college’s education-to-career curriculum to third- and fourth-year students.
• Providing scholarships to low-income high school students who take part in Young Entrepreneurs Business Week programs.
• Providing scholarships to low-income students to improve retention rates.
The OSU College of Business was one of seven organizations selected to receive funding through a Strada Education Network competition aimed at promoting innovation in education-to-employment programs.
Formerly known as United Student Aid Funds, Strada is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that provides funding and other support to programs that help students succeed in college and in their careers.
Dean Mitzi Montoya said the College of Business has redesigned its curriculum in response to changing demands in the workplace.
“We owe it to our students to adapt, and dramatically change, the way we deliver business education so that they graduate on time, with minimal debt, and prepared with the skills that their future employers need,” she said.