Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
Reporter: Donna Gutierrez
ROSWELL – The Department of Education has awarded the Student Support Services (SSS) grant-in-aid program at ENMU-Roswell $53,000 for the 2002-2003 program year. The funds will be available only to participating TRIO students.
In January of next year, 107 SSS participants may qualify for a minimum award of $400. If less than 107 students qualify, the awards will be increased. SSS grant-in-aid funds go to SSS students who have unmet need, and it is not deducted from their regular financial aid package.
"We believe this is terrific news for our students, and we are looking forward to offering this assistance," said Mary Lou Hightower, SSS Director. "We have already seen many successes through the program, as we continue to work with students who are in need of academic support, have disabilities or others identified as at risk by our faculty," she said. The outreach program began serving students on the Roswell campus in January 2002.
The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and ease the transition from one level of higher education to the next. Services provided by the SSS program may include instruction in basic skills; tutorial services; academic, financial or personal counseling; assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in four-year institutions; assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in graduate and professional programs; information about career options; mentoring; and special services for students with limited English proficiency.
Students eligible for the program's services are currently enrolled at ENMU-R or high school graduates transitioning into freshman classes at the college. For more information, call Hightower at 624.7185.