TRiO Student Support Services

We are thrilled to announce that our TRiO Student Support Services staff is now in place.  Please stop by and welcome our new colleagues:  Evora Baker, Counselor; Cynthia Copney, Director; Gregory Farris, Counselor; and Ashley Thorel, Administrative Assistant.  We will also welcome two new graduate assistants that will begin working with students in the Fall.

The mission of the TRiO/SSS Program is to provide services that help students complete a bachelor’s degree.  We offer a diverse, caring, and supportive student-centered learning community where students can discover and utilize their potential to flourish academically and socially as they complete their degrees.

In order to apply for TRiO, incoming or current Shepherd University students must be United States citizens or permanent residents.  They must also meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Have financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
  2. Be a first generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree).
  3. Have a documented disability.

Program goals are to help students persist at the University from the beginning of one academic year to the beginning of the next academic year, to increase student cumulative GPA’s and increase student graduation rates.  To help accomplish these goals, the following services are offered free to SSS students:

  • Academic advising (supplements primary advisor)
  • Academic tutoring
  • Help securing financial aid/financial literacy
  • Completion of an Individual Success Plan
  • Monitoring of academic progress
  • Workshops on time management, study strategies, test-taking strategies and computer skills
  • Opportunities to attend cultural and educational activities on and off campus
  • Career counseling and planning
  • Access to computers in the SSS office
  • Free photocopying
  • Early course selection/registration

The program is currently accepting applications from students.  The student lab area is equipped with computers.  Our upcoming summer calendar consists of two math workshops, one writing workshop and a first-generation college student workshop.  Students will also
participate in a social/cultural excursion to Washington, DC in August.

The TRiO Offices are located in the Dr. Howard N. Carper Jr. Learning Commons in the Scarborough Library, Room 152. For more information, please contact Cynthia Copney at (304) 876-5775 or email