Medaille College has received renewed funding for its TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program, a federally-funded student success program that has been serving Medaille students since 1980. Thanks, in large part, to the leadership of former Director of TRiO SSS Laura Horton, the College has been awarded a grant totaling nearly $1.7 million, to be received in installments of $334,707 over the next five years (2020-2025). This renewed funding will allow Medaille to serve 208 TRiO students per year.
“This funding gives local students access to additional resources to help set them on a path to success in college and beyond,” says Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26). Higgins announced the federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education for three Western New York colleges. Medaille, Trocaire and the University at Buffalo each received grants through the federal Student Support Services Program, with Medaille securing the largest sum.
“Medaille prides itelf on being Buffalo’s College of Opportunity,” says President Kenneth Macur, Ph.D. “Since our founding, Medaille has been the college that takes on the greatest challenges confronting underserved students. We strive to offer increased access and personalized support to those who seek to expand their career and ecomic opportunities by earning a college degree.”
TRiO SSS offers comprehensive support services and financial assistance to college students who identify as first-generation students, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds or students with disabilities. Medaille TRiO students receive the following supports aimed at academic success, persistence to graduation and career readiness:
- Individualized academic and personal counseling
- Extended tutoring in all subjects
- Alumni and peer mentoring
- Textbook, calculator and equipment loans
- Supplemental grant aid for first and second year active participants
- Financial literacy workshops
- Assistance with completing financial aid and scholarship applications
- Career exploration and guidance in graduate school applications
- Access to SSS computer lab with free printing
“Our TRiO SSS team is honored to support students in the Medaille community for years to come,” says Director of TRiO SSS and Honors Program Co-Director Hugh Burnam.