SLU Student Receives Grant from Canton Community Fund
In August of 2016, Brandon Studler ’17 approached Dr. Leah Rohlfsen about the possibility of writing a grant proposal as his project for an independent study class in Sociology. Dr. Rohlfsen was able to use her own experience writing grant proposals to guide Studler as he identified a local need, gathered data, liaised with campus and school district personnel, and came up with a budget for his project.
With the assistance of Student Services Coordinator and Helpdesk Manager Steve Millington and trained students, Studler’s project will provide refurbished computers, tablets, iPads, Kindles and smartphones to the Canton Central Schools for use by students of all ages who would not otherwise have access to such devices to enrich their learning.
Just before Thanksgiving, Canton Community Fund (CCF) President Neal Burdick gave Studler the news that CCF had agreed to fund his proposal. “The Board sees this as very beneficial to deserving Canton school children, and…as contributing to good “town-gown” relations,” Burdick said in his award notification email.
In mentoring this grant-seeking project, Dr. Rohlfsen provided tools and experience to Studler that will enable him to pursue further projects for the public good.