Jenna Trisko, Bemidji State University
Grant writing for the greater good
I am the Grant Specialist at Bemidji State and I often work with faculty, staff and community stakeholders to develop programs that will benefit students and the northwest regional area. My position has been instrumental in generating funding for the universities’ many programs and services. Faculty and staff are also engaged in research projects that require external funding to implement. As many faculty have limited time and expertise to develop a strong and compelling grant proposal, I am able to step in and remove the writing burden from faculty to ensure we are submitting compelling proposals to funders.
We recently secured grants to fund climate action and resiliency planning and provide scholarships for math educators in high-need schools. I’m currently working on applications for students in nursing and teaching and seeking funding to build on to an endowment to support Native American students in our Ojibwe Language program. It has been an amazing experience working with Bemidji State and I feel very fortunate for this opportunity to help BSU deliver high-quality educational services.