TRiO Student Success Program Awards $32,000 in Scholarships

The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to announce that UIW’s TRiO Student Support Services Program was recently awarded $32,736 in Grant Aid as part of the U.S. Congress’ provision of increase in Federal TRiO Programs appropriations for the 2009 fiscal year. The award has allowed 32 UIW student participants to be awarded approximately $1,000 in tuition scholarships.

The TRiO Student Success Program (SSP) is a federally funded program serving low-income, first generation students and students with disabilities by providing intensive academic preparation and support services such as tutoring, peer mentoring, tuition scholarships, study sessions, university success seminars, personal counseling and cultural activities. Graduation and retention are the outcomes of such services. Over 45 percent of all current TRiO SSP students have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The more than 200 students in the program come from diverse backgrounds, and many have recently been recognized as scholars by numerous organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholars Foundation, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and the TRiO Ronald McNair Program.

“What makes our group of students so unique is that they come from varied levels of academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds,” says Dr. David Jurenovich, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services. “Our students stand out because many are the first in their family to earn a degree as well as have a significant need for financial or holistic support with their higher education experience. Nevertheless, in spite of many barriers, they overcome and succeed at extremely high levels by any standard of measure in higher education due to their commitment to learn and ultimately succeed.”

For more information, contact Margaret Garcia, associate director of public relations at 210-829-6001 or at mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu.

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