LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College’s TRIO Student Support Services program has received a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund its operations for the next five years.
The funds, which equate to about $325,654 per year, will allow LCSC to continues its outreach and student services programs designed to support individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and those with disabilities.
TRIO is a federally funded project under the Department of Education and grants are offered only to institutions meeting certain criteria. LCSC’s Student Support Services program has been in place since the 1980s and serves approximately 160 students per year.
“I started my freshman year when I was 50 years old,” said Janet Daniels, a junior and participant in TRIO Student Support Services at Lewis-Clark State. “I have faced some serious hardships since my journey as a student began, and TRIO has stood with me through every one of them. When situations arise, my first stop is the TRIO office for encouragement and help with finding solutions to every conceivable problem I have brought to them to date ... TRIO has given me the courage to keep going when giving up was the only option I could come up with on my own.”