Bloomsburg University Receives TRIO Grant for a Fifth Time

For Immediate Release

Date: August 11, 2020

Contact; Tom McGuire, Director of Communications/Media Relations

BLOOMSBURG—The Bloomsburg University TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) office was awarded $319,609, a five-year grant from the United States Department of Education (DOE) to provide opportunities for students who are first-generation college students, Pell-eligible, and/or students with a documented disability.

TRIO SSS’s mission is to help under-represented students persist in college and earn their degree.  The office offers one-on-one support to help students manage their academic and social transitions during their time in college.

Theresa Bloskey, director of the Bloomsburg University TRIO SSS office, and her staff authored the grant that was submitted to the United States DOE. Assistance in securing the grant was provided by the offices of Senator Robert Casey, Senator Pat Toomey, and as well as Representative Dan Meuser.

The grant will allow BU’s TRIO office to continue to provide individualized support for academic advisement, personal and professional development, assistance navigating higher education financing, as well as academic tutoring with master tutors in English, communication studies, math, sciences, social sciences, business, and more.  

“Securing this grant for the fifth time is a testament to the outstanding work of all those in the TRIO office,” said Bloomsburg University President Bashar Hanna. “The grant will provide us the necessary resources to continue helping our students on their path toward earning a Bloomsburg University degree. My thanks and appreciation to Senators (Robert) Casey and (Pat) Toomey and Congressman (Dan) Meuser for their efforts and support.”

BU was one of seven schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and one of 23 institutions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to receive a grant.

This grant will continue the tradition of the TRIO programs, started by President Lyndon Johnson as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.  TRIO SSS was added as a TRIO program in 1968.

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

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. We believe opportunity belongs to those who are ready to work for it and unafraid to do something great with it. But it’s not just for us. As a Husky, every step you take pulls the whole pack forward. Serving approximately 8,200 students, BU offers comprehensive programs of study in five distinct colleges: College of Education, Zeigler College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and Honors College.