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$1.4 million grant from U.S. Department of Ed will support Beloit College’s student success program

October 8, 2010


36 year-old program at Beloit serves first generation college students, among others

Beloit College and its Student Support Services (SSS) program has been awarded a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO office. The $290,516 grant, which will total $1,452,580 over five years, will support a 36 year-old program at the college that helps support the academic success of more than 100 first-generation, low-income, or disabled students each year.

“This grant directly supports the mission of Beloit College– offering access to an excellent liberal arts education to the broadest group of talented students possible.  The SSS program has, for more than a generation, been a key ingredient in the success of some of Beloit’s finest students,” said Ann Davies, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “We’re delighted that the Department of Education will continue to make this important investment in our program and the students it serves.”

The college received word of the grant from Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, and Representative Tammy Baldwin. Longtime supporters of the TRIO program, the federally funded parent organization that oversees SSS offices nationwide, the three were instrumental in securing more than $7 million in federal funding for SSS programs state-wide. In a press release announcing the award, Kohl called the program a “tool that offers access and opportunity” to the students it serves. “Through individualized tutoring and mentoring, the Student Support Services program assists students with the demands of college level work with the goal to increase student retention and help them receive the diploma they are working hard to obtain." 

More about TRIO programs at Beloit College:

Beloit College is one of only four private liberal arts colleges in the country with three or more TRIO programs. The college’s Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement program provides a pathway to graduate school through undergraduate research opportunities for first-generation, low-income students and students who are underrepresented in graduate education.  The Upward Bound program provides first-generation, low-income high school students with access to educational opportunities to prepare them for – and encourage them to enroll in – college.

Additional information about Student Support Services at Beloit is available online.