TRiO receives 5-year $1.3 million-plus grant

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University’s TRiO Student Support Services was awarded a five-year discretionary federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education, effective Sept. 1, 2015. The grant for $268,487 annually totals more than $1.3 million over the five-year period.

The national grant process is extremely competitive. Theresa Bloskey, director of TRiO at BU, is proud of the program’s accomplishments in the last five-year grant cycle, in which it had retention rate of 99 percent and a 98 percent Good Academic Standing rate for each year.

“We are delighted that we can continue to serve the students at BU,” says Bloskey. “We look at how we can work with the university as a whole to increase retention and completion.”

TRiO, a federally funded program, serves to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds with academic need in their pursuit of a college degree, including first-generation, low-income, disabled, veteran and nontraditional students. Students in TRiO receive very individualized support depending on their specific academic goals, such as preparation for graduate programs.

TRiO has provided academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other necessary support since coming to BU in the fall 1997 semester.