U of I Receives $1.9M Grant to Assist First-Generation College Students, Those with Disabilities, from Low-Income Homes
August 18, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — Aug. 18, 2020 — The University of Idaho has received a five-year renewal grant of $1.9 million to assist first-year college students, students with disabilities or those from low-income families.
The U.S. Department of Education grant, $387,188 annually for the next five years, benefits the U of I Student Support Services-TRIO (SSS-TRIO) peer mentoring program.
“We are thrilled to be able to continue providing services and improving outcomes for our students,” said Brian Dulin, SSS-TRIO director. “This grant funds four full-time positions, dozens of student positions and provides grant aid to our students with the highest unmet financial need. Last year we helped graduate 81 students who are now inspiring the next generation of underrepresented students.”
SSS-TRIO has been funded at U of I since 1980 and serves 232 students each year.
According to the most recent Annual Performance Report to the Department of Education, 94% of SSS-TRIO students remained in good academic standing in 2018-19, 94% returned the next year and 64% of the 2013-2014 cohort graduated within 6 years.
“I love the support and connections I get from SSS-TRIO,” said Keggan Georgeson, a student from Idaho Falls. “My advisor does an amazing job keeping me on track for graduation and supporting me. My counselor has helped me connect with faculty, set up tutoring, make sure I’m up to date on everything and keep me motivated to finish my degree. I couldn't be more grateful for the support I receive from SSS-TRIO.”
SSS-TRIO is a unit in U of I’s Academic Support Programs.
To receive assistance from SSS-TRIO, students must be admitted to the U of I and a U.S. citizen or legal resident; either be a first-generation college student, from a low-income home or have a disability; and have academic need for the program.
This project was funded to University of Idaho by the U.S. Department of Education under award P042A201345. The total project funding is $1,935940 of which 100% is the federal share.
Director, Student Support Services-TRIO
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The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at uidaho.edu