- SSS GRANT AID RECIPIENTS
The SSS program sets aside a minimum of $30,000 each year to award to SSS students with the greatest financial need. SSS participants are considered for this grant aid once they have completed one semester in the program. Amounts may vary by semester, but average approximately $400 to $500 per semester and are renewable. These students must be active participants in SSS who have an “unmet need” remaining after all other aid has been applied. Freshmen recipients who maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA will be considered for renewal for their sophomore year.
- TRIO Essay Scholarship Contest
All students who participate in SSS are eligible to apply for the TRIO Essay Scholarship. The essays are due at the end of March each year. Students should contact the SSS office for the due date and the application. Two or three scholarships will be awarded each year in the amount of $250 to $500 each.
To apply for this scholarship, submit a one- to two-page, double-spaced, error-free, typed essay describing how your participation in the SSS program is helping you achieve your educational goals. Essays will be judged on the basis of how well you express 1) your commitment to your education, and
2) your use of Student Support Services resources to achieve your educational goals.
Include your status (freshman, sophomore, etc.), your grade point average, and your goals for the future. Evidence of how SSS has encouraged your participation in clubs, organizations, and activities, as well as internships, employment, community service, etc., will be considered favorably. Bring your essay to the Student Support Services Office in Woodburn Rm 137. The essays will be judged by a faculty/staff committee, and not by the SSS staff, so assume that your readers will not know anything about you (how often you have utilized the services, or the progress you have made, etc.) and explain yourself fully! Good luck!
SSS Makes A Difference
"Student Support Services has removed educational barriers for me by helping me receive all the financial aid that I am able to get by helping me with grants and loans. In helping me with financial aid, they have made it easier for me to focus on my education while having a job as well. They have also provided books and equipment that have applied to my classes when I needed them." Shawna, Junior
"Another important area that I was assisted with was finances. Beyond guiding me through my federal student aid each semester, the SSS program has aided me with grants that I have used for my college expenses. Books were another issue and were solved by this incredible program as well. SSS has provided me with books that were loaned to me at no cost. Money soon became less of an issue for me.
Knowing my financial status, they knew I was in need of a job as well. With the assistance of the staff, I was able to find the ideal job for a college student, the school's Phone-A-Thon. I was guided to the career fair on campus and was immediately hired. I have been happily working in this field for four semesters and meeting my financial needs." Bertha, Junior