Marian University awarded $1.3 million federal TRIO grant

August 12, 2020

Marian University has been awarded a TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS) program grant totaling more than $1.3 million through the U.S. Department of Education.

Having received two prior five-year grants, this third will award Marian University $261,888 annually and is set to begin Sept. 1, 2020.

“Our team is thrilled to be able to provide services to the Marian University community for another five years,” said TRIO-SSS Director Melissa Luedtke.

The Marian University TRIO-SSS program has proven to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. It provides 140 students annually with academic coaching and guidance, information about financial aid and economic literacy, career guidance, peer mentoring and exposure to cultural events. All services in the program are free to participants.

“Our program gives students the extra support they wouldn’t receive otherwise,” said Luedtke. “I often hear ‘I probably wouldn’t have graduated if it wasn’t for TRIO.’ And, with COVID-19, this support is even more necessary. As our hashtag boasts – TRIO Works.”

Of the seven Federal TRIO Programs, Marian University hosts Upward Bound Math & Science and Student Support Services, which provide outreach and support services for first-generation, low-income and differently abled students.