FRAMINGHAM – Two students will enroll at Framingham State University this fall with 100% of their tuition, fees, room and board covered by a new scholarship, the university announced this week.
Olivia Renda, of Westminister, and Meeghan Bresnahan, of Peabody, are the first recipients of the Mancuso English, Humanities, and Social Behavioral Sciences Scholarships. The scholarship will cover costs during their freshman year. The two students will have the opportunity to take all four years at Framingham State at no cost, but must meet certain scholarship requirements to have it renewed each year.
"Finding out that I have the opportunity to graduate without any debt was like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders," said Renda in a press release.
In 2018, English professor Halcyon Mancuso and her husband Thomas Krebs made the largest financial commitment in Framingham State University's history to establish full-ride scholarships for students in the humanities and social sciences. The scholarships, which will be awarded every year moving forward, are funded entirely through a financial commitment of approximately $2.4 million.
One scholarship will always be reserved for an English major, which is the subject Mancuso has taught for many years, and the second will rotate each year between majors in the humanities and social sciences.
Career preparation is an important part of the scholarship for Mancuso Krebs. As a professor, she said she realized many humanities majors did not prepare for job-searching until their senior year.
“This scholarship is a way to meld career preparation with humanities,” said Mancuso Krebs to the Daily News in 2018. “By mandating or encouraging strong career prep, we’re going to be able to move the needle on people who want to major in the humanities but worry about jobs.”
Scholarship recipients will be required to participate in at least two meaningful internships prior to graduation and will also need to complete a curriculum offered by the Office of Career Services and Employer Relations. They must also maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and participate in at least one extracurriculur activity each semester and write a paper at the end of each academic year reflecting on the career and academic growth.
Renda will major in English and plans to become a teacher. Bresnahan will major in history and hopes to work in a museum or a library.