After 44 years on the Southern Utah University campus, the federally-funded student service program TRiO will be celebrating its many successes with an inspiring video highlighting its accomplishments at SUU and among junior and senior high school students across southern Utah and refreshments for the entire SUU community on Thursday, February 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sharwan Smith Student Center.
Over the past four decades, TRiO has positively impacted thousands of students, giving crucial support to those from low-income or first-generation college families through seven federally funded programs.
Of TRiO, Lynne Brown, executive director of SUU’s Student Support Center, said, “Preparing for college is more than the finances; students who lack the proper support from family or friends quickly drop-out. TRiO gives them that encouragement that may be lacking, helping students finish their degrees.”
Just a few such programs at SUU include Student Support Services, Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound. Student Support Services assists 160 SUU students academically and financially to aid retention. Educational Talent Search is currently helping 636 students in junior and senior high schools in Beaver, Iron and Kane continues within Utah, as well as Coconino county, Ariz. Upward Bound prepares high school students for college, by assisting with test preparation and college admission forms.
Today, more than 1,200 colleges, universities and community agencies host more than 2,800 TRiO projects that serve approximately 790,000 young people and adults. TRiO services include: college decisions, tutoring, financial advisement, career assistance, help with college applications, and targeted academic instruction for students beginning in the seventh grade through college graduation.