The TRiO Scholars Program is a federally funded Student Support Services (SSS) program operating on an annual budget of $327,916. Our grant allows us to serve 175 participants annually.
Students enrolled in the TRIO Scholars Program are eligible for the following services:
Each TRIO scholar plans for his or her academic success with an academic specialist. In a friendly and caring environment, scholars learn to make the academic system work for them by identifying areas needing improvement and by using project and campus services to reach their academic goals. Scholars team with staff members to coordinate assistance from other resources on campus.
Study skills offered through the program focus on developing learning skills that maximize one's strengths and minimizes one's weaknesses in the context of one's learning style. Study skills are presented in a one-on-one or small group format.
As a part of their academic success strategies, scholars work with trained tutors who provide up to three hours per week of individual tutoring in most lower division courses. Requesting tutors early in the semester will improve chances of getting a tutor.
TRiO students may use the TRIO Scholars Program computer lab to do homework and improve computer skills. They can use on-line financial aid applications and other computer software.
Scholars who are considering graduate study can explore this option with the program counselor. In addition to deciding whether to go to graduate school, scholars learn how to prepare, how to apply, and how to find funding.
Research shows that college students who are eligible for need-based federal financial aid are more likely to graduate when they take advantage of the TRIO Scholars Program AND receive more financial aid in the form of grants.
A new U.S. Department of Education grant program provides funds for Pell Grant recipients who participate in the TRIO Scholars Program. The goal of these grants is to help reduce students' unmet need and/or loans so that they are more inclined to stay in school and graduate.
*TRIO Grants are provided by the U.S. Department of Education.