The Westminster College TRIO SSS program is a federally funded office committed to the success of first-generation scholars, scholars with financial needs, and scholars with disabilities. Through personalized coaching and mentorship, providing effective tools and supplemental materials to improve student knowledge and topic mastery, and cross-campus collaboration, TRIO strives to support historically underrepresented students with the tools needed to achieve success, both in college and as they move into the world.
Hector Balderas, Attorney General, New Mexico, Student Support Services, New Mexico Highlands University
Cardi B, Rapper, songwriter, Upward Bound
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Viola Davis, Academy, Emmy, and Tony Award-Winning Actress, Student Support Services and Upward Bound, Rhode Island College
Patrick Ewing, Olympian, NBA player, basketball coach, Upward Bound
A.C. Green, Former NBA Player, Student Support Services, Oregon State University
José M. Hernandez, Former Astronaut, NASA, Student Support Services, University of the Pacific
Gwendolynne Moore, U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin — 4th Congressional District (2005 to Present), Student Support Services, Marquette University
Harry Lee Williams, President and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Student Support Services, Appalachian State University
Oprah Winfrey, Talk show host, journalist, and author, Upward Bound
TRIO pairs each participant with an advisor who customizes services to meet their student's unique needs. Some of our most popular services include:
Each year, the TRIO program strives to ensure the success of our participating students and is tasked with meeting the following goals:
The US Department of Education has established the following eligibility criteria for participation in a TRIO SSS program:
Students must also meet any one or more of the following criteria:
To apply for the TRIO SSS Program, please complete the appropriate online application listed below. Please note that the application may require you to gather additional information and documents before completion. Paper copies of the application are available in the TRIO office on the 4th floor of Thompson-Clark Hall.
After submitting your application, the TRIO SSS team will determine your eligibility. If you are selected to participate, we will contact you to schedule a program orientation and meeting with your TRIO SSS advisor.
The TRIO Student Support Services project at Westminster College is 100% federally funded at $261,888.00 annually.