FOCA Student Leadership Award

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The Faculty of Color Association (FOCA) Student Leadership Award will be awarded annually to a student (or students) of color with financial need who have demonstrated leadership or contributed to diversity and inclusion efforts on campus.

Award Details:

  • July 1: Nominations Due
  • July 15: Applications Due
  • Awards are announced on August 1, funds are disbursed during the first week of classes, and awardees are celebrated at the Faculty of Color-Students of Color Kickoff Social in mid-September. 
  • Evidence of student’s leadership or contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts may include a brief personal statement (1000 words or less), letters of recommendation, community testimonials, media coverage, and much more. 
  • Please note: Any student who is awarded $600 or more through the College in a given year will receive a 1099 form at year's end that they will be responsible for claiming on their taxes. Students may apply every year, but priority will be given to students who have never won the award.
  • Application and nomination information is listed below.
  • Please direct any questions about the FOCA Student Leadership Award to

Application and Nomination Process

Application Details for Students

All self-identifying students of color are eligible to apply for the FOCA Student Leadership Award, including rising first-year students. The amount of the award is $500.

Applications are due July 15.

Faculty of Color Association

The Stonehill Faculty of Color Association (FOCA) is an empowerment, support, and advocacy group composed of volunteer, self-identifying faculty members of color. FOCA strives to create a social and academic environment for faculty, students, and staff of color to be heard, understood and supported, to implement sustainable institutional structures of accountability for the equitable treatment of faculty, students, and staff of color, and to coordinate, in partnership with relevant leadership and organizations on campus, activities, events, and support structures for the benefit of students of color.