Student Support Services (SSS), a TRiO program at Brescia University, recently learned they received a $281,994 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. According to Congressman Brett Guthrie’s office, “It is anticipated that the grant will be for a total of five years.” This would mean an estimated $1,409,970 total in grant money.
Each year, the SSS program at Brescia, which is 100% funded by this federal grant, serves 160 students who are the first in their families to attend college, are financially disadvantaged, or who have disabilities. Since the program’s inception in 1977, SSS has serviced 2,627 students and graduated 1,107. Brescia is the only higher education institution in Owensboro and one of only two private schools in the state that has an SSS program.
The director of Brescia’s program, Dr. Dolores Kiesler, is very excited to receive the grant this year and continue aiding students who need this service. “Student Support Services has been a vital asset to Brescia University since 1977. We have aided over a thousand students in achieving their dream of a college degree through our one-on-one contact and our tutoring program.”
Brescia’s SSS program relies on this federal grant to fund the entire program, which allows students to have access to academic tutoring, career assistance, cultural opportunities, technology loan program, study skills workshops, and tuition assistance.