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UCO Receives Five US Department of Education Student Support Services Grants Totaling $5.5 Million

Aug. 6, 2015

Media Contact: Lindsay Thomas, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

UCO RECEIVES FIVE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES GRANTS TOTALING $5.5 MILLION           

University of Central Oklahoma programs for low-income students, first-generation college students and students with disabilities recently got a boost in funding thanks to five U.S. Department of Education Federal TRiO Programs grants.  Central received $5.5 million from the national program, more than any other institution of higher education in the state. The funds will be awarded over five years.

“Overall, these grants will bring $1.1 million to UCO each year and annually impact the lives of 620 students on our campus. We are delighted to be able to enhance student success across campus by offering this additional support,” said Myron Pope, Ed.D., vice president for Student Affairs.

The grants will be overseen by Victoria Arnold, Ed.D., director of UCO’s Office of Student Support Services.

Each grant provides funding to support unique segments of Central’s student body from veterans to future teachers and those pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields with services like one-on-one tutoring, peer, faculty, and community mentoring, academic and career exploration workshops, financial literacy programming, cultural activities, persistence coaching, leadership development, graduate school visits, and scholarship opportunities.

Funded programs include:

  • SALUTE: Serving America’s Leaders Using Transformative Education, which will annually serve 120 veteran students who also are low-income students, first-generation college students or students with disabilities;
  • STRIVE: Student Transformations: Realizing the Important and Value of Education, which will annually serve 140 low-income students, first-generation college students or students with disabilities;
  • SYNERGY: Synergistic Education, Retaining and Graduating You, which will annually serve 120 STEM and health sciences students who are low-income students, first-generation college students or students with disabilities;
  • TEACH: Transforming Education, Achieving Community Hope, which will annually prepare 140 low-income students, first-generation college students or students with disabilities to become teachers; and
  • TEAM: Transformative Education Achieves More, which will annually serve the social well-being of 100 students with disabilities who are also low-income students or first generation college students.

The Federal TRiO Programs are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-secondary programs.

For more information about UCO Student Support Services, visit www.uco.edu/academic-affairs/students/sss.

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