Mercy College Receives Renewed TRIO Federal Funding

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Grant to Provide Services to 250 Undergraduate Students Enrolled in College’s Program this Year

We are pleased to have been awarded this grant to support student success

Mercy College is responding to the national effort to increase the retention and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation and disabled undergraduate students through its Student Support Services (SSS) program. Thanks to a renewed $1.4 million, five-year TRIO grant, the College will provide services to 250 undergraduate students enrolled in the program this year.

TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Currently eight programs are in place, including Student Support Services, Upward Bound, and Talent Search, among others, providing services and support necessary for educational access, retention, and success.

“We are pleased to have been awarded this grant to support student success,” said Mercy College President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline. “This funding will provide a variety of services and activities to assist our students in reaching their academic and career goals.”

According to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Michael B. Sperling, the renewed funding will allow SSS to continue to provide at-risk students the services they need to succeed in higher education.

“To be able to continue this very valuable program, which complements our PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) commitment, is wonderful,” said Dr. Sperling. “We look forward to continuing our work with students and hope to experience another five years of success.”

Students receive academic advisement, develop an evolving Student Success Plan, and participate in career exploration, career development, and leadership workshops as part of the program. Additional SSS services include:

  • Comprehensive assessment to identify each participant’s specific learning needs;
  • Intensive academic and personal counseling delivered on an ongoing basis by two professional SSS counselors;
  • Planning for enrollment in graduate school and financing a graduate education.

To qualify for SSS, undergraduates must already be enrolled at the College. Students are selected and verified as being eligible to participate in accordance with U.S. Education Department guidelines for this program.

About Mercy College
Mercy College is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1950, providing motivated students with the opportunity to earn degrees in more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Liberal Arts. An engaging and personalized learning experience, that includes the college’s revolutionary PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) program, is offered at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry, as well as campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights and White Plains. 877-MERCY-GO.

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