Friends University awarded $2.2 million SIP grant from U.S. Department of Education

Friends University was awarded a $2.207 million Title III Part A Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  

The grant funds were generated from the U.S. Department of Education with period distributions awarded in payments over the next five years. The SIP program is designed to help eligible Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability of institutions.  

“Friends University is honored the U.S. Department of Education recognizes our goals so we can advance the mission of the university and amplify academic programs to further support traditional and non-traditional students to ensure degree completion and workforce readiness,” said Dr. Preston Todd, vice president of enrollment management and student success. “For 125 years, Friends University has provided a premier educational and Christian foundation for students. This grant aligns with our strategic plan to invest in student success and strengthen the institution for many years to come.”   

The SIP grant funds for Friends University will fund resources to support efforts of a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); establish the Center of Faith, Teaching and Learning; enhance academic programming; provide updates to the library and Academic Resource Center (ARC) for increased academic success through tutoring and tutoring spaces; advance information technology services; increase endowment funds for financial security and scholarships; supply faculty and staff development to improve teaching, curriculum and academic advising; and generate employment opportunities for the community.  

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.