Guam – The University of Guam’s TRIO Student Support Service (SSS) program has been awarded $1.4 million from the US Department of Education in Washington, D.C. to fund its program for the next five years.
The SSS program will receive $290,517 for its new program year commencing on September 1, 2010.
According to Mr. Yoichi K. Rengiil, director of the TRIO programs, the funds will be used to provide academic and other assistance to 160 University students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“This means we will be serving 160 low income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities, who are enrolled at the University of Guam” said Mr. Rengiil.
The new grant also includes funds under their SSS Supplemental Grant that allows the program to provide direct financial assistance to eligible program participants in addition to the assistance they receive from Federal financial aid. Mr. Rengiil added,
“The SSS Supplemental Grant is to help our at-risk students to hopefully reduce their dependencies on student loans as they pursue their college education at the University of Guam.” Student Support Service is one of the three TRIO programs. The other two programs are Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound.