TRiO Scholars Program

Helping first-generation students succeed

Our mission is to assist low-income, first generation students to overcome the cultural, academic, class, and social barriers to success in higher education.

The TRiO Scholars Program provides qualified undergraduates with the academic assistance and support necessary to successfully complete a baccalaureate degree. Services are available at no cost to help participants achieve their academic goals. The TRiO Scholars Program is a federally funded Student Support Services (SSS) program operating on an annual budget of approximately $330,000. Our grant allows us to serve 175 participants annually.

TRiO program eligibility

The TRiO Scholars Program serves undergraduate students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • First generation: Neither parent has graduated from a four-year college or university 
  • Income-qualified: Determined from evaluating federal taxable income information, OR
  • Have a documented disability and meet both of the following requirements:
  • Academic need: Determined by a variety of academic and admissions criteria
  • U.S. citizen (or eligible non-citizen/resident alien: Unfortunately, at this moment we are unable to serve DACA students.)

2/3 of our students must be both first-generation and income qualified.

Our mission

Our mission is to assist low-income, first generation students to overcome the cultural, academic, class, and social barriers to success in higher education.

TRiO core values

  • We are fierce advocates for social justice, especially for the poor among us
  • We are the safety net for our most vulnerable students
  • We pursue professional excellence in the work we do with our students and our colleagues
  • We embrace integrity in our work with students, our work with the university, and our work with our funding agency
  • We are respectful of our diverse student population, their needs, and their cultural heritage
  • We seek harmony in our work life in order to focus our energy on helping students succeed
  • We are resilient, determined, and focused on achieving our mission
  • We do more with less through collaboration and pooled strengths
  • We are humble, realizing that the success of each student is shared across the campus
  • We are joyful in our work
  • We are awed by the potential of our students to change the world