TRIO grant renewed for five more years
Doane University is excited to announce its TRIO grant has been renewed for five years, extending through August of 2025.
TRIO programs are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. There are eight programs within TRIO targeted 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 college.
For the last 35 years, Doane has administered TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) on the Crete campus. This program provides academic support for individuals who are either (or a combination of) a first-generation college student, a student with a disability, or a student who comes from a low-income family.
Historically, around 50% of Doane students on the Crete campus are eligible for Student Support Services. In 2018-19, 495 of Doane’s 1,011 students were eligible for Student Support Services. In order for Doane to retain the grant funding, it must enroll at least 200 students in TRIO each year.
This year, Doane will receive $327,560 in TRIO grant funds, which allows Doane to employ six staff members, two student workers, and peer tutors and mentors who work on the TRIO side of the Academic Success Services. Grant funds also provide a number of additional resources for students, including financial literacy workshops and test preparation for entrance exams into graduate school. Doane worked with McAllister & Quinn, a federal and foundation grants consulting firm, on the grant proposal.
“I truly believe that this grant is integral to the continued success of Doane,” said Anita Harkins, Director of the TRIO program and Executive Director of Academic Support Services at Doane. “We work with the most fragile and disenfranchised communities of students and because of that, the resources we provide them is very important. Looking ahead, as more underrepresented students come to Doane, it’s important that we continue to provide these services.”
Brianna Ingalls ’22, a sociology major at Doane, is one of the many students at Doane who benefits from Student Support Services.
“TRIO has benefited me from my first semester here at Doane,” Ingalls said. “I work closely with Anita and had some drastic things happen to me freshman year and Anita, along with all the other staff members in the Academic Success Center, have helped me become the student I am today. Without their help, I don’t think I would be a Doane student.”
In order for Doane to meet its objectives and goals as outlined in the grant proposal, the university will provide eligible students with the following required services:
Advice and assistance in course selection
Information on financial aid programs and scholarships
Assistance in completing the FAFSA
Education or counseling services to improve financial literacy
Assistance with students’ applications to graduate and professional programs
In addition to these required services, TRIO funds will also provide eligible students with services that are particularly important to student success. A peer mentoring program will capitalize on the success of the program developed during Doane’s Department of Education Title III grant and includes a specialist on staff who will prepare and monitor peer mentors. Grant aid will be available to first and second-year Pell-eligible active TRIO participants to help minimize dependence on student loans and Doane’s TRIO program will offer programs and activities specially designed for first-generation students.
While TRIO Student Support Services are full-time work for a few Doane employees, Harkins acknowledges this work would not be possible without the buy-in and support from faculty and staff across the institution.
“If it weren’t for the willingness and flexibility that faculty, staff, and coaches show, we couldn’t do this,” Harkins said. “It really is a team effort. I think the collaborative approach lets students know that there are many adults on campus who care about them and their success at Doane and in life.”