College Grants Development
Palo Alto College seeks external funding opportunities to enhance, expand, and cultivate a strong learning environment for students, faculty, staff, and community partners.
Grant funds awarded and received are managed in accordance with guidelines provided by the external funding agencies in accordance with standard procedures and federal regulations. For more information, contact Stephanie Vasquez, Director of College Grants Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on scholarships and grants for students, visit alamo.edu/pac/scholarships
Recently Awarded Grants at Palo Alto College as of 9/29/2017
Palo Alto College S-STEM Project
Funding Source: National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)
Award Amount: $650,000 (over five years)
Cycle: Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2022
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jerrod Butcher
The Palo Alto College (PAC) S-STEM project provides scholarships to 39 academically talented, low-income biology students and addresses the challenge community colleges face in providing experiential research opportunities to STEM students. The project combines scholarship support, faculty mentoring, and peer tutoring with Projects of Discovery (PODs) – a course-based approach to involving community college students in hands-on research. This method of instruction, involving both STEM and non-STEM classes, improves students’ self-efficacy in STEM making it more likely that students will persist in their STEM major while simultaneously improving the scientific literacy of non-STEM students. The goal of PAC’s S-STEM project is to increase the number of academically talented, financially needy biology and bioscience majors who transfer and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field within six years. Project outcomes will provide potential solutions for improving STEM education at resource-poor colleges nationwide and will assist community colleges in implementing similar PODs-based research opportunities to support STEM majors in gaining the self-confidence, science identity, and cognitive skills that undergraduate research experiences provide. The success of this grant award is an outcome of working collaboratively with Science Foundation Arizona through the KickStarter Process under the National Science Foundation through Grant No. HRD-1450661.
Palo Alto College Upward Bound Project
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Education TRIO Upward Bound Program
Award Amount: $1,583,745 ($316,749 per year for five years)
Cycle: Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2022
Grant Program Manager: TBD/Monica Ayala Jimenez
The Palo Alto College Upward Bound Project will provide 77 students from Lytle, Jourdanton, Poteet, and Pleasanton High Schools annually with academic instruction, tutoring and advising; information on financial aid programs; assistance in completing financial aid applications; financial literacy; and support in applying for college. Participant students will be provided support for their diverse academic and non-cognitive needs to ensure that they persist, succeed, and graduate from high school, complete a rigorous secondary school program of study, enroll in college, and graduate with a college degree.
PACfest Kids Zone
Funding Source: Fiesta San Antonio Commission Grant
Award Amount: $4,000
Cycle: Jan. 30, 2017 – May 1, 2017
Grant Program Manager: Carlos Cruz, Jennifer Mejia, and Jerry Arellano
Event allocation and project support for a Fiesta Event, such as PACfest, with a focus on meeting community needs and enabling event sustainability.
SEEDS of Excellence in STEM Project (Support, Engagement, Experiential, and
Development Systems of Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) STEM and Articulation Program
Award Amount: $3,875,000 ($775,000 per year for five years)
Cycle: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2021
Grant Program Manager: Erron Gonzalez
The SEEDS of Excellence in STEM Project is designed to establish college-wide best practices and support systems related to STEM that aim to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students pursuing and graduating with STEM degrees by: 1) developing comprehensive and collaborative academic and student service programs, 2) strengthening the STEM pipeline, and 3) increasing professional development tools to support STEM student success. Expected outcomes include integrated student support services, awareness of STEM fields and support on-campus, robust support for faculty and staff, enhanced transfer and articulation agreements with thirty-one partner institutions, and increased STEM enrollment, persistence, course completion, transfer, and project participation.
Comprehensive College Readiness and Success Models for 60x30TX (CRSM): PAC Puente Program
Funding Source: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Division of College Reading and Success
Award Amount: $102,750
Cycle: Aug. 15, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2018
Grant Program Manager: Dolores Zapata Caballero
The CRSM grant supports scaling and enhancing comprehensive strategies and activities, including Acceleration Models, for underprepared students pursuing academic programs where students are enrolled in a development (DE) course and their first college-level course. Palo Alto College’s Puente Program is a two-semester Acceleration Model for developmental students consisting of three components: (1) a culturally-relevant thematic learning community; (2) an in-depth counseling and advising program providing students with academic and professional guidance; and (3) a mentoring component which recruits members of the community to act as role models for students. The thematic learning community is an accelerated fall semester Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW) course, incorporating multicultural literature and issues, leading into a spring semester college-level English course which students complete as a Puente cohort.
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Education Developing Hispanic-Serving Institution Programs
Award Amount: $2,625,000 ($525,000 per year for five years)
Cycle: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2021
Grant Program Manager: Delilah Marquez
Project Impacto establishes college-wide best practices and support systems that enable high-need students to successfully enter, persist, and complete an associate’s degree program by: (1) strengthening high-impact practices for continuing students to improve student persistence and completion; (2) establishing a Student Advocacy Center to improve overall rates of student success; and (3) increasing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff that will improve student engagement, teaching, and learning.
Talent Search: Southwest High School
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Education TRIO Talent Search Program
Award Amount: $1,199,005 ($239,801 per year for five years)
Cycle: Sept. 1, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2021
Grant Program Manager: TBD/Monica Ayala Jimenez
The Palo Alto College Talent Search Project will provide 500 Southwest High School students annually with academic tutoring and advising; information on financial aid programs; assistance in completing financial aid applications; financial literacy; and support for applying for college enrollment for the purpose of increasing high school graduation, college enrollment, and post-secondary degree attainment for the students served.
The Healthy Hub Project
Funding Source: Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps VISTA
Award Amount: Two (2) AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers
Cycle: Sept. 1, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2019
Grant Program Manager: Erica Munoz
The Healthy Hub Project at Palo Alto College serves the predominantly Hispanic low-income population of the South Side of San Antonio who have limited access to nutritious food options and are consequently facing chronic health issues. The planned program strategy, a comprehensive community resource in healthy food access and wellness with a community garden focal point offered at the college, will lead to beneficial outcomes for the residents in the area. Planned outcomes include increased access to nutritious and affordable food, decline in obesity rates and related chronic disease, and increased participation health and wellness resources.
SENCER (Science Engagement for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities)
Funding Source: National Science Foundation Division for Undergraduate Education
Award Amount: $3,000
Cycle: Nov. 16, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2017
Grant Program Manager: Dr. Jerrod Butcher
Palo Alto College is a sub-awardee of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. The SUNY National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) is continuing to catalyze and sustain pedagogical and curricular transformation on a large scale through its SENCER Program. SENCER models apply an "outside - in" approach from the science of learning to the learning of science, framing STEM learning within compelling civic challenges. The intellectual merit of this effort consists in empowering educators to help students in American colleges employ focused learning in the STEM disciplines to engage with great issues facing our democracy. The broader impacts of this project include strengthening our democracy by enhancing the scientific and technological literacy of the American people, supporting civic engagement, and sustaining a program that helps achieve these important goals.
Evergreen: A Cross-Disciplinary Research and Education Program on Soil Free Farming Using Renewable Energy and Harvested Water for Hispanic Students
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Award Amount: $62,000 ($15,500 per year for four years)
Cycle: Sept. 1, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2020
Grant Program Manager: Ty Chumbley
Palo Alto College is a sub-awardee of Texas State University. Evergreen’s goal is to increase the number of Hispanic students with advanced technical degrees at the food-water-energy intersection. To meet this goal, Texas State University, in partnership with Palo Alto College and San Antonio College, will train a diverse future workforce with the leadership and cross-disciplinary skills in science, technology, and innovation to solve today’s complex agricultural problems; specifically, those due to a changing climate, widespread food insecurity, and the lack of available water. Hispanic students will be recruited from Palo Alto College and San Antonio College to seamlessly transfer to and complete degrees at Texas State University. Students will receive personalized support through mentorships, tutoring, and professional development as well as financial assistance through scholarships and paid internships.
Project MALES: Mentoring to Achieve Latino Student Success
Funding Source: The University of Texas at Austin Texas Consortium for Male Students of Color
Award Amount: $10,000
Cycle: Sept. 1, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2017
Grant Program Manager: Michael Ximenez
Palo Alto College is sub awardee of University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). As part of Palo Alto College’s sub-award in the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, Palo Alto College receives funds towards travel and related expenses for participation in Consortium activities. Project MALES encompasses three initiatives: research focused on the experiences of Latino males; a mentoring program that aims to cultivate an engaged support network for males of color at UT-Austin and across the Central Texas community; and, a newly launched statewide P-16 Consortium focused on the success of male students of color.
Healthy Futures of Texas BAE-B-SAFE
Funding Source: Healthy Futures of Texas, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Family and Youth Services Bureau
Cycle: Sept. 1, 2015 – Aug. 31, 2018
Grant Program Manager: Jamie Balajadia
Palo Alto College is a sub-awardee of Healthy Futures of Texas (HFTX). HFTX has partnered with Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, and St. Phillip’s College to implement the BAE-B-SAFE program to prevent unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease among college-aged teens on and off campus. Students are provided medically accurate information about their sexual and reproductive health and are connected to healthcare providers in their surrounding community. BAE-B-SAFE is committed to preparing and connecting these college-aged teens with the resources they need to be empowered about their sexual and reproductive health.
HSCC KickStarter: Providing Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges (HSCC) with Technical Assistance to Improve their Federal Funding Competitiveness
Funding Source: Science Foundation Arizona with funding support from the National Science Foundation
Award: Travel and Training Reimbursement
Cycle: Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2018
Grant Program Manager: Dr. Beatriz Joseph/Stephanie Vasquez
The HSCC KickStarter project provides Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges (HSCCs) with technical assistance to improve their readiness and competitiveness for federal grant programs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. This project will increase the numbers of HSCCs that successfully pursue federal grants, particularly from the National Science Foundation, ultimately increasing recruitment and retention in STEM through enhancements to these institutions' STEM curricula, strengthening ties to industry and community partners, and developing robust articulation pathways to four-year STEM programs.
CIMA (Ciencia, Ingeniería, y Matemáticas Aliado) Alliance
Funding Source: National Science Foundation Division of Human Resource Development Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation
Award Amount: $296,018
Cycle: Aug. 1, 2013 – Oct. 31, 2017
Grant Program Manager: Usha Gururajarao
Palo Alto College is part of the Alamo Colleges District CIMA Alliance. CIMA will broaden participation of minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by involving at least 900 underrepresented minorities (URM) STEM majors in CIMA activities, increasing minority STEM student enrollment by 10 percent, and increasing the successful transfer of community college into STEM majors at 4-year institutions by 20 percent from baseline. The CIMA Alliance will provide: undergraduate research; peer mentorship; faculty mentorship; tutoring; Supplemental Instruction (SI); STEM student academic development; STEM student clubs; faculty professional development; training for college recruiters, advisors and developmental math teachers to improve recruitment of underrepresented minorities into STEM; and development of additional STEM articulation agreements.
Ray Ellison Family Center Child and Adult Care Food Program
Funding Source: Texas Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program
Award Amount: Ongoing reimbursement for REFC food needs
Cycle: Permanent Agreement
Grant Program Manager: Jennifer Flores
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) reimburses the REFC for part of the cost associated with providing meals and snacks to the children in the center’s care. The goal of the CACFP is to improve and maintain the health and nutritional status of children and adults, promote development of good eating habits, and integrate nutritious food service with organized child and adult day care services.