The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.3 million grant to The University of Toledo’s TRIO Student Support Services.
UToledo received $275,105 Sept. 1, with the rest of the grant to be distributed over the next four years.
The University has a 53-year history with TRIO Student Support Services Program, a federally funded, college-based educational opportunity to motivate and support students from low-income backgrounds.
TRIO Student Support Services is a comprehensive advising and college guidance retention program that aims to increase graduation rates among students who are first-generation, low-income, and military-connected, as well as those with disabilities. The program provides academic and social services, including tutoring, academic advising, career counseling, financial literacy, post-graduate preparation, and mentorship to all participants.
“The impact of this grant is far-reaching as it allows us to continue providing the support necessary to eliminate barriers to students while pursuing their degrees,” Tia Tucker, director of UToledo Academic Support Services, said. “We are honored to be one of more than 1,000 TRIO Student Support Services Programs in the country to receive this grant. It will allow us to continue providing services to 160 participants each year that directly impact student success.”
“We are proud of our TRIO Student Support Services, which helps so many students,” Dr. Karen Bjorkman, UToledo provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, said. “This grant demonstrates the strength of our program and will allow us to continue to assist students pursue their dreams.”
“This grant is a testament to The University of Toledo and, more specifically, the provost’s commitment to students that are first in their family to attend college, students from families with limited financial resources, students with disabilities, veterans and those who have aged out of foster care,” Tucker said.
Last year, 88% of TRIO students returned to class or graduated; of those, 71% were first-generation college students.
“The work we do in TRIO Student Support Services is important because we develop participants to be successful as students and for life beyond college,” Kenneth Brown, advisor with TRIO Student Support Services, said. “This program equips students with the necessary academic and life skills needed to succeed, skills such as budgeting, time management, emotional intelligence, holistic wellness, and career planning.”