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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

July 29, 2015

TRIO program secures federal grant funding for next five years

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded its Student Support Services grant to Northwest Missouri State University’s TRIO program, providing funding for the next five years.

The grant offers $292,340 annually through 2020, for a total of $1.46 million. The process to secure the grant funding is a competitive one as the number of programs to receive funding has been reduced in recent years.

“TRIO provides aggressive and intrusive services that deliver an equal opportunity for college access for students with academic, social, economic and cultural challenges,” said Cassie Tavorn, Northwest's TRIO director. “This funding makes a very real and positive difference in the lives of qualified Northwest students.”

TRIO is a federally recognized educational outreach program designed for students with disadvantaged backgrounds. It serves as an umbrella organization for Northwest programs consisting of Student Support Services, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science. Collectively, the programs seek to motivate and support students to overcome class, social and cultural academic barriers to accessing and succeeding in higher education.

TRIO was founded in 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, giving birth to Upward Bound as an experimental program. Today, more than 1,000 colleges, universities and community entities host more than 2,700 different TRIO programs, which serve about 790,000 students nationwide and help them become prepared, motivated and excited about attaining a college degree.

Student Support Services, which was launched at Northwest in 1988, includes a variety of student support programs dedicated to helping disadvantaged students meet their academic needs and successfully complete their undergraduate degrees. The office offers a variety of resources, including peer mentors who have intricate knowledge of what it takes to be academically successful during college and are available to meet with students in need of assistance.

For more information about TRIO programming at Northwest, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468