TRIO Support Services at KC Scholars Postsecondary Network Institutions

TRIO programs are federally-funded college access and retention programs that provide services and resources to students who are low-income, first-generation, or who have a disability.  TRIO programs are hosted by colleges and universities across the country and they are available to students at various stages of the academic pipeline, from middle school to graduate school.

Every program is unique: some are located on campus to serve current college students, others are located out in the community to serve high school students or returning adults, but all programs have the same goal: to provide disadvantaged students with free support services to help them obtain a college degree.  Below is a list of the TRIO programs that are hosted by institutions in KC Scholars postsecondary network.

1) Student Support Services

https://www.avila.edu/student-services/student-support-services-trio/student-support-services

  • Program Description: Student Support Services (SSS) Inspired to Achieve works with first-generation college students, those who come from a modest-income household, or students who have some type of disability throughout their time at Avila
  • Target Population: current college students at Avila
  • Location: Avila University Hodes Center
  • Services Offered: peer and professional tutoring, academic advising, financial literacy, learning communities workshops, financial aid workshops, , graduate school test prep, workshops, counseling, career exploration, mentoring, graduate school visits, cultural activities, grant aid

2) UpwardBound

https://www.avila.edu/student-services/student-support-services-trio/upward-bound

  • Program Description: Upward Bound programs supplement the student’s high school experience with academic enrichment services, career exploration, self-development opportunities, cultural exposure opportunities and assistance with college and financial aid admissions
  • Target Population: 9th – 12th grade students at Grandview or Ruskin High School
  • Location: Avila Hodes Center
  • Services Offered: Tutoring, ACT prep, campus tours, academic/personal/career advising, cultural exposure, community service opportunities, educational workshops, study skills, health awareness, 6-week residential Summer Excellence Institute, FAFSA completion, admissions application assistance, leadership conferences

1) Student Support Services (Educational Support Services)

http://www.k-state.edu/ess/federaltrioprograms.html

  • Program Description: Educational Supportive Services (ESS) is a free service that helps first-generation, income-limited and disabled students earn undergraduate degrees. ESS students can take advantage of one-on-one tutoring, workshops (academic, financial, career, etc.), cultural events, peer mentoring and more—all designed to make sure students improve academic success, graduate and achieve their life goals. ESS is funded by a TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant.
  • Target Population: current KSU students
  • Location: KSU Main Campus, Holton Hall
  • Services Offered: tutoring, individual counseling, academic seminars, financial and economic literacy counseling, graduate school prep assistance

2) Student Support Services (Salina Campus)

http://polytechnic.k-state.edu/studentsupportservices/

  • Program Description: Student Support Services at Kansas State Polytechnic has been serving students on the Salina Campus since 2001. SSS currently serves 160 students annually on the Salina Campus.
  • Target Population: current KSU students
  • Location: Kansas State Polytechnic
  • Services Offered: academic advising, acute counseling and referral services, cultural enrichment programming, tutoring services, workshops, financial aid navigation/comprehension and scholarship assistance

1) Student Support Services

https://www.lincolnu.edu/web/cass/

  • Program Description: Student Support Services is a program at Lincoln University, funded by the U.S. Department of Education that makes a college education possible to a group of individuals who may not have believed that college was an option because of cost, poor high school performance or other barriers to education.
  • Target Population: current college students at Lincoln
  • Location: Lincoln University Career and Academic Support Services Young Hall
  • Services Offered: tutoring, workshops and coaching, field trips, additional grants

1) Student Support Services (Project Success)

http://mcckc.edu/project-success/

  • Program Description: Project Success provides a select number of MCC-Penn Valley students the academic support, counseling, transfer assistance, and cultural enrichment they may need to complete a college degree – all without cost to any of the Project Success participants.
  • Target Population: current college students at MCC-PV who plan to transfer to a 4-year school
  • Location: MCC-Penn Valley Campus Center
  • Services Offered: Academic Assistance and tutoring, counseling, transfer assistance, cultural enrichment activities

2) Veteran’s Upward Bound

http://www.mcckc.edu/military/upward-bound/

  • Program Description: The Missouri Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is an education and skills program designed to serve the needs of today’s veterans.  The program’s mission is to provide qualifying veterans with the skills and motivation necessary to enter and succeed in a post-secondary education program.
  • Target Population: veterans with at least 180 days of active service and who live in Jackson, Clay or Platte counties in Missouri
  • Location: MCC-Penn Valley Campus Center
  • Services Offered: academic and career counseling, assistance completing GI Bill and financial aid applications, admissions application assistance, academic and career assessment, GED prep, academic refresher courses in math, English, foreign language, science and computer skills, financial literacy training, peer mentoring, community agency referrals

 

3) Educational Opportunity Center

http://www.mcckc.edu/community-resources/eoc/

  • Program Description: The Kansas City Educational Opportunity Center is one of only three EOCs in Missouri and has been serving area residents since 1979. The program is funded to assist at least 2427 individuals annually, two-thirds of whom are low-income, first generation college students. The primary purpose of EOC is to increase the number of adults enrolling in postsecondary education programs.
  • Target Population: high school students and adults ages 24 and older who are not currently enrolled. Participants must live in Jackson, Clay or Platte counties.
  • Location: 3100 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Services Offered: HISET/GED referral, college planning and selection, admission application assistance, financial aid application assistance, financial/economic counseling, scholarship search guidance, career counseling and assessment, defaulted student loan counseling,

1) Educational Opportunity Center

https://eoc.ku.edu/

  • Program Description:
  • Target Population: high school students and adult learners (ages 24+) residing in Douglas, Franklin, Leavenworth, Shawnee or Wyandotte counties in Kansas
  • Location: 400 State Ave, Kansas City Kansas. Advisers stationed at Kansas City Kansas Community College, and Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
  • Services Offered: financial aid advising, scholarship assistance, admissions application assistance, vocational counseling, career exploration, GED and ESL referral, financial aid and financial literacy workshops

 

2) Educational Talent Search

http://kutalentsearch.org/

  • Program Description: KU TRIO Talent Search is a free college access program that provides assistance to youth to help them remain in school, pursue postsecondary education, and earn a certificate, associates degree, or bachelor’s degree.
  • Target Population: 6-12 grade students in Kansas City, Kansas school district
  • Location: 400 State Ave, KCK, stationed in KCK Public Schools
  • Services Offered: college visits, STEM field trips, tutoring, summer programs, family activities, academic development workshops, financial aid resources, scholarships searches, career exploration workshops, college planning workshops, academic advising, career counseling, community referrals

 

3) Math & Science Center

http://www2.ku.edu/~eop/Math&Science/

  • Program Description:  The KU Upward Bound Math and Science Center is a TRIO college preparatory program for low-income/first generation high school students in Douglas, Shawnee, and Wyandotte counties.
  • Target Population: 9-11 grade students attending JC Harmon High School or Washington High School in KCK, Lawrence HS in Lawrence, KS or Topeka HS
  • Location:
  • Services Offered: workshops, campus visits, educational field trips, ACT prep, tutoring, parent workshops, 6-week residential Summer Excellence Institute, pre-college Bridge program

 

4) McNairs Scholars Program

http://mcnair.ku.edu/

  • Program Description: The mission of the KU TRIO McNair Scholars Program is to diversify the academic and research fields by preparing low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented college students for the Ph.D.
  • Target Population: undergraduate students at KU (sophomore level or above) who plan to attend graduate school immediately after earning a bachelor’s degree
  • Location: KU School of Education
  • Services Offered: Summer research internships, faculty mentoring, tutoring, GRE test prep, graduate school workshops, academic, career and personal counseling, all-expense paid trips to regional and national conferences, graduate school application assistance, research publishing and presentation opportunities, technology rental

 

5) Student Support Services (SES)

https://trio-ses.ku.edu/

  • Program Description:  SES works with first-generation, limited-income students, and students with disabilities, to help them remain in undergraduate programs and complete their degrees.
  • Target Population: current KU students
  • Location: KU APEX Center
  • Services Offered: Academic advising and course selection, academic skills development, advocacy, career planning, financial aid and financial literacy, goal-setting and life skills, graduate school prep, professional and peer mentoring, community and campus referrals

 

6) TRIO STEM

http://trio-stem.ku.edu/

  • Program Description: TRIO STEM provides a supportive community for participants during their time at the University of Kansas. Their primary goals are to increase the college retention and graduation rates of our participants and to help them make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.
  • Target Population: current KU students
  • Location: KU APEX Center
  • Services Offered: Academic advising and course selection, academic skills development, advocacy, career planning, financial aid and financial literacy, goal-setting and life skills, graduate school prep, professional and peer mentoring, community and campus referrals

 

7) Upward Bound

http://upwardbound.ku.edu/

  • Program Description: Upward Bound provides first-generation and/or low-income college bound students with the academic support and college preparatory experiences needed to succeed in college immediately after high school. The goal of Upward Bound program is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
  • Target Population: 9-12 grade students at FL Schlagle or Wyandotte HS in KCK, Highland Park HS in Topeka, KS or Free State High School in Lawrence
  • Location: 1122 West Campus Road Lawrence, KS 66045
  • Services Offered: monthly advisor meetings, cultural awareness activities, ACT/SAT test prep, community service events, leadership conference, Summer Institute, Summer Bridge program

 

8) Veteran’s Upward Bound

http://vub.ku.edu/

  • Program Description: The University of Kansas TRIO Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is an education and skills program designed specifically to serve the needs of today’s veterans. The program offers services designed to prepare eligible veterans for success when they enter their chosen educational program, whether it is at a 2-year community college, a 4-year college or university, or a public or private vocational or technical school.
  • Target Population: veterans who have at least 180 days of active service and who live in Douglas, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas, or Jackson, Clay or Platte Counties in Missouri.
  • Location: 400 State Ave, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Services Offered: academic and career counseling, assistance completing GI Bill and financial aid applications, admissions application assistance, academic and career assessment, GED prep, academic refresher courses in math, English, foreign language, science and computer skills, financial literacy training, peer mentoring, community agency referrals

1) Student Support Services

https://www.ucmo.edu/trio/

  • Program Description: UCM’s TRIO program is a free service that helps first-generation, income-limited and disabled students earn undergraduate degrees.
  • Target Population: current UCM students who are low-income, first-generation college students or students with disabilities
  • Location: UCM TRIO Center
  • Services Offered: advising, tutoring, tuition-free developmental/college success courses

1) Student Support Services

https://trio.missouri.edu/index.html

  • Program Description: MU’s TRiO Community for Academic and Tutorial Support (TRiO CATS) is part of the federal program called Student Support Services. This program is designed to help promising students from underrepresented groups meet the academic, financial, and social demands of a college education. The TRiO CATS office is in the Learning Center (100 Student Success Center).
  • Target Population: current MU students who are low-income, first-generation college students or students with disabilities
  • Location: MU Learning Center
  • Services Offered: college success courses, study plan consultations, tutoring, advising, financial literacy workshops, scholarships

 

2) McNair Scholars

http://mcnair.missouri.edu/

 

  • Program Description: The purpose of the McNair Scholars program is to provide enriching experiences that prepare eligible students for doctoral study.
  • Target Population: low-income/first-generation/disabled undergraduate students at MU (sophomore level or above) who plan to attend graduate school immediately after earning a bachelor’s degree
  • Location: MU Learning Center
  • Services Offered: Summer research internships, faculty mentoring, tutoring, GRE test prep, graduate school workshops, academic, career and personal counseling, all-expense paid trips to regional and national conferences, graduate school application assistance, research publishing and presentation opportunities, technology rental