August 11, 2020

TRIO Student Support Services grant renewed through 2025

UW-Superior’s TRIO Student Support Services recently received notification that its grant application has been approved by the Department of Education and will be awarded $348,002 for this next year, with anticipated annual continuance through 2025.

UW-Superior’s TRIO Student Support Services recently received notification that its grant application has been approved by the Department of Education and will be awarded $348,002 for this next year, with anticipated annual continuance through 2025.

The federally-funded TRIO programs include Upward Bound, McNair Scholars and Student Support Services

University of Wisconsin-Superior’s TRIO Student Support Services recently received notification that its grant application has been approved by the Department of Education and will be awarded $348,002 for this next year, with anticipated annual continuance through 2025. The federally-funded TRIO programs at UW-Superior include Upward Bound, McNair Scholars Program and Student Support Services.

“TRIO Student Support Services has been on our campus and successfully funded now for 40 years, and that’s amazing,” said Mickey Fitch-Collins, interim executive director of Student Success and coordinator of Disability Support Services. “Having this grant on campus means we are spending more time, energy, and resources toward supporting some of our students that may need additional supports – first-generation students, students with disabilities, and low-income students. UW-Superior provides access for students that may not otherwise have opportunities in higher education, so we are happy to have this support from the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that the participants in this program are able to achieve success.”

The university provides a partial financial match for the grant, indicating support and dedication for this program, which currently serves over 160 students annually.

“We are required to provide core services as a part of the grant – academic assistance, tutoring, secondary advising, financial assistance and guidance, and a number of other services,” said Fitch-Collins. “The funding goes toward ensuring those services are provided. We also employ junior and senior Student Support Services participants as peer coaches to help our first- and second-year students transition to the university. We have a team of three professional staff that are entirely dedicated toward supporting participants in the program, which allows for invaluable one-to-one and small group interaction.”

These resources have become even more needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While the core services that we are required to provide by the federal government do not change, the way in which we deliver those services has shifted,” said Fitch-Collins. “As a result of COVID-19, our tutoring services are virtual, as are many of our programs and individual services. Our TRIO Support Services team has worked hard and responded strongly in the last few months to help our student participants work through challenges with time management, prioritization, and motivation, all of which are even more critical for success with some classes and services shifting to a virtual environment.”

UW-Superior’s TRIO Student Support Services recently received notification that its grant application has been approved by the Department of Education and will be awarded $348,002 for this next year, with anticipated annual continuance through 2025.

UW-Superior’s TRIO Student Support Services recently received notification that its grant application has been approved by the Department of Education and will be awarded $348,002 for this next year, with anticipated annual continuance through 2025.

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