TRIO Center Programs
“The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments. By the late 1960's, the term "TRIO" was coined to describe these federal programs. Additionally, in 1990, the Department created the Upward Bound Math/Science program to address the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science.” — Partial History of the Federal TRIO Programs, Office of Postsecondary Education U.S. Department of Education.
The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are funded through the U.S. Department of Education and designed to identify and provide services for students who are disabled, and students who are first generation or who meet income guidelines. Shawnee State University has three TRIO programs: Student Support Services, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science.
The programs offer academic advising, personal counseling, professional tutoring in math, science and English, assistance in completing financial aid and loan applications, as well as career counseling. The Student Support Services program is funded to accept 185 participants; Upward Bound, 70 students; and Upward Bound Math Science, 63 students, which allows for individualized attention to students throughout the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree.