Henderson State University has been awarded more than $1.9 million in federal TRiO continuation grants by the U.S. Department of Education.
The funding, totalling $1,949,355, will support the program for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
“This support will allow Henderson to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs,” said Kathy Muse, TRiO program director.
Grants include support for:
- Student Support Services, with a goal of increasing college retention and graduation rates of its participants.
- Disability Resource Center, providing opportunities for academic development, and assisting students with learning and physical disabilities to complete their postsecondary education.
- Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, which prepares participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.
- Educational Opportunity Center, providing counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education.
- Talent Search, which works to increase the number of youth who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.
- Upward Bound, providing opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound was recently notified of an additional $40,000 supplemental grant award from the U.S. Department of Education to provide STEM activities for Garland County students and a trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.
- Veterans Upward Bound recently received a new grant award to focus on South Arkansas veterans and increase the rate at which veterans enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.
The grants will enable Henderson to serve approximately 2,186 students and adults with educational programing during the 2018-2019 school year.
“This funding helps Henderson achieve its mission of enriching the educational experience for students and adults throughout Arkansas and the surrounding states,” Muse said.