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Two TRIO Programs Receive Combined Nearly $580,000 in Annual Grants

August 18, 2016

Two University of Idaho programs have received U.S. Department of Education grants worth more than half a million dollars combined. The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) received a $236,900 annual grant and Talent Search received a $342,720 annual grant.

The five-year EOC grant will assist the Boise-based center’s mission of giving Idaho adults the access and skills necessary to pursue a post-secondary education. Overall, the Department of Education gave $48 million to 143 college and organizations nationwide. The EOC targets those who are 19 and older to build college readiness by helping to determine career goals, identify programs that match needs, advising, financial aid application assistance or course selection.

“We are pleased to be able to continue to serve 1,000 Treasure Valley adults annually,” said Meg Stephenson, director of the EOC. “Our free college access services translate into helping about 400 individuals each year enter into post-secondary education annually, which in turn has a powerful impact on families helping to break the first-generation barrier that hinders college enrollment.”

The five-year Talent Search grant will help to provide academic, career and financial counseling to Post Falls students in sixth through 12th grades who have the potential to succeed in higher education but who are unlikely to pursue post-secondary education. The award was part of a larger $144 million grant from the Department of Education funding 459 programs nationwide.

The programs are among six federally-funded programs operated through UI’s College of Education TRIO program. TRIO helps build a pipeline to college for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as those who come from low-income families, and first-generation college students. UI became one of the first in the nation to operation a TRIO program in 1968 after the TRIO programs were originally funded through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.

Media Contact:
Allison Stormo
Communication Coordinator, College of Education

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