MS in Professional Writing (MSPW) student Susan Knox Kopta has put her coursework to good work by helping to establish a college re-entry scholarship that will launch this Fall 2021 semester at Barnard College in New York. Motivated by her personal goal to raise awareness of mental health issues, Susan combined her passion to create avenues of support for those in need with her coursework from the MSPW’s Grants and Proposal Writing elective course.
In the Grant and Proposal Writing course, taught by Adjunct Assistant Professor Sue Davies, students are connected with industry leaders whose experiences and interests match. Susan’s interests included helping Barnard College students on mental health medical leave receive transitional care to resume academic pursuits.
“Professor Davies’ class was very instrumental in helping to fulfill that goal,” Susan explains. “The Fountain House College Re-entry program provides transitional academic care to college students on mental health medical leave. They offer a semester-long course that provides individualized academic plans, coaching, community support, and mentoring. In Fall 2021, Barnard will offer qualifying students the option of attending College Re-entry on a full scholarship.”