Gannon University Awarded Million-Dollar U.S. Dept. Of Education Grant
Posted: October 16, 2015
Gannon University has been awarded a Student Support Services
(SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The award is a
renewal of a $1.1 million, five-year grant originally received in
The original grant was the first of its kind ever awarded to
Gannon, and allowed the University to greatly expand and enhance
the academic support services offered to students who are citizens
or permanent residents of the United States and must also meet at
least one of the following criteria: low-income; first-generation;
and/or have a documented disability.
The SSS grant will be particularly important because of the
University's number of low-income and first-generation students.
More than three-quarters of all Gannon undergraduates qualify for
some level of need-based financial aid.
"The renewal of this five-year grant commitment is wonderful
news for Gannon and our students' success," said Gannon University
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Carolynn Masters,
Ph.D., RN. "Through academic tutoring, cultural enrichment,
financial aid counseling, peer mentoring, supplemental instruction
and First Year Seminars supported by this program, we can help
students with the transition to the demands of college life."
The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program is a federally
funded program designed to help students maximize their skills and
to assist them in working more effectively toward graduation. In
collaboration with other offices at Gannon University, the SSS
Program provides students with assistance in their transition to
university life by offering academic, financial, career and
Though the use of professional advisors, peer tutors and peer
mentors SSS participants will receive services such as individual
tutoring, study skills workshops, guidance with course selection,
financial literacy and career advising.
These services are delivered through the University's Student
Success Center, which includes the Academic Advising Center,
Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities, and the newly
created STEM Center designed to deliver assistance for students in
courses in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics
fields. The Student Success Center is located on the first floor of
the Palumbo Academic Center, 824 Peach St.
As a result, the Student Success Center will be able to more
effectively deliver support services. The Center's many components
also will be better able to collaborate and share information,
which in turn will result in more students making use of its
programs and resources to increase student persistence, academic
performance, and graduation rates.