USF Obtains $1.1 Million Grant for Student Support Program

August 18, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The United States Department of Education has awarded the University of Saint Francis a grant to fund its TRIO Student Support Services program over the next five years, totaling $1.1 million for the initiative.

The funds are intended “to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.”

USF’s TRIO program has been in place since 2010 and offers academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation and/or disabled college students to increase students’ retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities. The program currently serves approximately 10 percent of university students seeking bachelor degrees.

“This program has been crucial to so many students,” said university president Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF. “We are pleased to report the program is working to retain first generation and low income students and help them thrive in higher education.”

To learn more about this program, visit trio.sf.edu.

The University of Saint Francis is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. The university will open a Downtown Fort Wayne Campus in the fall of 2016 that will feature business, entrepreneurship and music technology programs. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.