Program prepares grads

The Graduate Feeder Scholars Program (GFSP) bridges the gap for FAMU students between undergraduate and graduate school.

This year, the program takes place Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Perry Paige Auditorium. The recruitment fair ends Oct. 7. in the Grand Ballroom.

The program gives students the chance to receive advanced study in graduate programs not available at the University. There are more than 40 participating Universities throughout the United States, including other black historically black colleges.

The program is targeted primarily at current students and FAMU graduates in most academic fields.

Participants must have 30 semester hours and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. GFSP participants can begin during their sophomore year.

There are seven workshops participants can attend. “The workshops show participants how to take tests, write personal statements and what to expect academically,” said Keneshia Grant, 22, a recent graduate of FAMU and a feeder program member.

Grant, a graduate public administration student from Fort Lauderdale used the program as a resource to further her academic education.

Along with preparation for graduate school, the program gives students the chance to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) free of charge.

“Instead of a few days, we are having workshops for an entire week to make sure students are ready for the process. We want students to go to the right campus,” Knight said.

The program funds the education of many participating students. “Some students get the full package, which includes everything from books to tuition. It just depends on the university,” Knight said.

The feeder program remains interactive with the scholars throughout their graduate career.

Travis Floyd, 23, a senior business administration student from Miami, plans on using the graduate feeder program to get a higher degree and get in contact with more schools.

“I plan to participate because there are more opportunities in the world for people who hold higher degrees,” Floyd said. “Without the program it would be hard to contact all these other schools on my own.”

Workshops are offered during the fall and spring semesters. For more information visit

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