SNU receives SSS grant renewal

Southern Nazarene University has been awarded a Student Support Services (SSS) grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO Program. This $1+ million award will provide five additional years of expanded funding for the existing SSS program at SNU.

The goal of the SSS program is to help at-risk students overcome barriers to successfully completing a college degree. SNU’s program currently serves 138 students who are either low-income, first-generation, or students with disabilities. At least fifteen of these students will graduate from SNU this year.

Participating students benefit from peer and alumni mentoring, career counseling, tutoring support, technology access, graduate and professional school application assistance, cultural events, field trips, and student scholarships.

“SNU is proud to participate in the SSS program,” said Dr. Don Dunnington, Vice-President for Academic Affairs. “We feel it offers a highly effective way to assist a select group of our students, helping them to achieve their personal and academic goals.”

Earlier this spring, SNU student Andrea Zarate gave testament to the program’s success at a briefing in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). Zarate was among 14 students from across the country invited to speak nationally before members of the U.S. legislature in an attempt to raise awareness about the federal TRIO programs for low-income and disabled Americans, such as Student Support Services (SSS).

SNU is one of three independent colleges and universities in Oklahoma to offer the SSS program. More than 900 colleges and universities nationwide participate in educational opportunity TRIO Programs, which in addition to Student Support Services include Talent Search, Upward Bound, and McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement.

For more information about the SSS program at SNU, contact Terryl Berryman, Assistant Director, 405.717.6296, ext. 6557.