The Evergreen State College has been awarded two five-year grants by the U.S Department of Education totaling $3.1 million, the college announced today. The money will be dedicated to provide first-generation and low-income students, and those with disabilities with services and support to succeed in school.
The first grant of $357,748 per year will fund the college’s existing TRIO program, which are outreach and student services supported by the federal government. The second grant of $261,888 per year will allow Evergreen to expand services to 100 additional students with documented disabilities. Evergreen is one of only a few four-year colleges across the country to receive this second grant.
Since the 1970’s, Evergreen's TRIO programming has supported low-income students, first-generation students whose parents do not have a four-year college degree, and students with disabilities. The program includes five Upward Bound locations, focused on preparing eligible high school students for college.
“Sixty-four percent of our undergrads are eligible for student support, and over 50% qualify as low income,” said Therese Saliba, interim vice president for inclusive excellence and student success. “We provide comprehensive services to foster student success and graduation while keeping student debt as low as possible.”
Student support services include advising, tutoring, financial aid advising, career and college mentoring, supplemental courses and technology support. The services also prepare students for graduate education.
“Many Evergreen TRIO alumni have gone on to great success as teachers, tech entrepreneurs, nurses, art conservationists, social workers, public administrators, foresters, and more. A high number of them have graduate degrees as well,” said Saliba.
More information on Federal TRIO programs can be found here.
Evergreen Public Relations & Outreach Manager