FOND DU LAC, Wis. –
Marian University has been awarded a five-year TRiO-Student Support Services (SSS) program grant through the U.S. Department of Education to begin September 1, 2015. The University will be awarded $220,000 annually throughout the duration of the grant. This grant is the second five-year TRiO-SSS grant that Marian University has received.
The goal of the TRiO-SSS educational program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. Students selected to participate in the TRiO-SSS program receive individualized assistance in navigating their path through higher education at Marian University to earn a bachelor’s degree and into a career.
Marian hosts two (Upward Bound Math & Science and Student Support Services) of the seven Federal TRiO Programs, which provide outreach and support services for students from low income backgrounds, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities, to help them progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.
The Marian TRiO-SSS program will provide 140 students annually with academic coaching and guidance, information about financial aid and economic literacy, and provide support and resources to help students transition from undergraduate to graduate or professional studies. Some additional services that are offered under this grant include academic support and assistance, career guidance, peer mentoring and exposure to cultural events. All services in the program are free to participants.