College Grants

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 Gaston Cantu, Director of College Grants Development at gcantu@alamo.edu.

Recently Awarded Grants at Palo Alto College (as of June 22, 2020) - listed in order of award date 

 

College and Career Readiness School Model (CCRSM) Sub-Grant

Funding Source: Texas Education Agency, Education Service Center Region 13
Award Amount:  $10,000
Cycle: Mar. 30, 2020 -Aug. 29, 2021
Grant Program Manager: Monica Ayala

The Texas Education Agency, through Education Service Center Region 13 (ESC 13), has awarded Palo Alto College, a College and Career Readiness School Model (CCRSM) sub-grant. The purpose of the CCRSM sub-grant is to provide financial and technical support to high-performing, currently-designated CCRSM campuses/IHEs that are implementing best practices as defined by the CCRSM Blueprints.  ESC 13 will oversee project and fiscal activities.

https://tea.texas.gov/academics/college-career-and-military-prep/texas-college-and-career-readiness-school-models-ccrsm

 

STEM-ESS Institute: Creating Hispanic-Serving Identity in STEM through Evidence-based Student-Serving Strategies

Funding Source: Excelencia in Education and Science Foundation Arizona Center for STEM at Arizona State University (SFAz)

Award Amount:  Technical Support
Cycle: Apr. 1, 2020 - Mar. 31, 2021
Grant Program Manager: Erron Gonzalez

To support institutions working to accelerate Latino student success in STEM, Excelencia in Education and Science Foundation Arizona Center for STEM at Arizona State University (SFAz) offer a transformative set of activities to develop a compelling case for change. SFAz will facilitate discussion of the data and the development of a STEM plan with strategies and actions to address gaps and leverage strengths. Participants will have a framework to assess their institution’s STEM-ESS capability and a strategic case for change that is supported by evidence.

https://www.edexcelencia.org/seal/seal-excelencia-technical-assistance-institutes

 

Advanced Technological Education

Funding Source: National Science Foundation
Award Amount:  $225,000
Cycle: Sept. 1, 2018-Aug. 31, 2021
Grant Program Manager: Ronnie Brannon

Palo Alto College will create an educational pipeline for Logistics and Supply Chain Management from high school to Palo Alto College to transfer institutions by establishing a dual credit programs with three high schools – Southside High School in Southside ISD, Southwest Legacy High School in Southwest ISD, and Veterans Memorial High School in Judson ISD - where students will be able to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and transfer to Texas A&M University San Antonio to complete a bachelor’s degree.

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18571/nsf18571.htm

 

PAC CCAMPIS Project

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Education Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program
Award Amount:  $537,348 ($134,337 per year for four years) 
Cycle:  Oct. 1, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2021
Grant Program Manager:  Jennifer Flores

The PAC CCAMPIS Project serves approximately 20 student parents annually by providing access to high-quality childcare through the College’s Ray Ellison Family Center (REFC). To meet the goal of increasing low-income student success by providing access to high-quality childcare, the Project will subsidize, the majority of the cost of on- and off-campus child care to ensure that PAC student parents realize their full potential by earning a college degree. In addition to serving 18 students annually through the on-campus, full-day, year round child care services provided by the REFC, the Project will also subsidize off-campus infant care for up to 2 student parents each year.

www2.ed.gov/programs/campisp/awards.html

 

PAC Upward Bound Math and Science Project

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound Math-Science
Award Amount:  $1,287,500 ($257,500 per year for five years) 
Cycle:  Sept. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2022
Grant Program Manager:  Monica Ayala Jimenez

The PAC Upward Bound Math and Science Project will provide 60 students per year from East Central High School with academic instruction, tutoring and advising; information on financial aid programs; assistance in completing financial aid applications; financial literacy; and support for applying for college enrollment. Participants will be provided support for their diverse academic and non-cognitive needs to ensure that they persist, succeed, and graduate from high school completing a rigorous secondary school program of study, enroll in college, and graduate with a college degree.

www2.ed.gov/programs/triomathsci/awards.html

 

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.

www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1742120&HistoricalAwards=false

 

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.

www2.ed.gov/programs/trioupbound/awards.html

 

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: Dr. Beatriz Joseph

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.

www2.ed.gov/programs/hsistem/awards.html

 

Project Impacto

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.

www2.ed.gov/programs/idueshsi/awards.html

 

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.

www2.ed.gov/programs/triotalent/awards.html

 

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.           

portal.nifa.usda.gov

 

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.