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 September 2010.

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 personal guidance.

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.