May 7, 2012
FM’s TRiO Student Support Services held a luncheon in recognition of students of the program who are candidates for commencement to be held May 18. Approximately 160 TRiO participants, most of whom are first generation college students, receive academic and personal support through the federally funded program.
“These students have worked extremely hard to achieve the successful fulfillment of their dreams; attaining a college education,” said TRiO Study Lab Coordinator Shirl Doherty. “For many, it is the first step, because they have already been accepted into a four-year institution for next fall. It is a bittersweet time for TRiO staff. We are losing many students whom we have worked with very closely for four years. We wish them nothing but the best.”
TRiO Student Support Services is fully funded through the U.S. Department of Education. The program provides academic, financial and transfer advisement as well as professional tutoring in math and writing to a group of about 160 students on the FM campus. TRiO occupies a dedicated space on the second floor of the Evans Library which includes a classroom and a study lab with computers. TRiO participants must meet one of three specific eligibility requirements. They must be first generation college students, be income qualified, or have a documented disability. Students must apply and are admitted to the program as space permits.