The Austin College Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA) has received a $20,000 grant
from the Texoma Health Foundation and a $5,000 grant from the WB Munson Foundation to equip Austin
College student interns working for area nonprofit organizations.
SEPA engages students with nonprofits in Texoma by focusing on grant writing as an entrepreneurial
endeavor. By teaching students the technical aspects of grant writing and partnering them with area
nonprofits, SEPA has brought more than $498,000 in grant funding to Texoma nonprofit organizations.
Due in part to the generous support of THF and the WB Munson Foundation, the grant writing services
come at no cost to the nonprofit organizations.
Austin College is accepting applications through March 31, from local nonprofit organizations to participate
in the 2017 Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA) Program. For more information visit
the SEPA webpage or email [email protected] Nate Bigelow, Associate Professor of Political
Science and Political Science Department Chair, will direct the Summer 2017 program.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has
earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional
foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning
opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives,
Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275
students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The
College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere
that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the
oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.