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Shepherd receives $1.1 million grant for Student Support Services TRIO program

ISSUED: 26 August 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd receives $1.1 million grant for Student Support Services TRIO program)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University has been awarded a $1.1 million, five-year renewable grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Student Support Services TRIO program.

Grant funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of the Student Support Services program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. Shepherd will receive $220,000 in annual funding for the program.

Student Support Services projects provide academic tutoring, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects; advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection; information on the full range of student financial aid programs, benefits, and resources for locating public and private scholarships; and assistance in completing financial aid applications. Education or counseling services designed to improve financial and economic literacy and assist students in applying for admission to graduate and professional programs are also provided.

Dr. Suzanne Shipley, president of Shepherd University, stated, "This TRIO funding will secure student success. With this support we can provide new pathways for students to enter their chosen careers well prepared to help themselves and others. Shepherd University will benefit from this federal supplement providing the assistance students need to persist in their academic endeavors and to graduate. I know the Student Support Program will make a positive difference in the university and especially to the students in the program."

The Student Support Services program will begin accepting students this academic year with the grant officially starting September 1, 2010. For more information, contact Shepherd University's Center for Teaching and Learning, 304-876-5396.

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