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Student Support Services Receives $400,000 Grant

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
October 13, 2010

Student Support Services has received a new 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will continue to provide academic support and scholarship assistance to low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities.

The grant (including a 20 percent match from UNH) totals approximately $2 million, including approximately $60,000 a year in direct grant awards to eligible students designated as “Rising Scholars” (http://www.cfar.unh.edu/risingscholars/).

“This is a highly selective process,” says Len Lamberti, director for the Center for Academic Resources. “The quality of the grant proposal helps in the selection process.”

Student Support Services aim to help undergraduates maximize their educational experience while at UNH, offering tutoring, and teaching such skills as note-taking, time management, and test-taking and encouraging study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, graduate school advising and GRE preparation.

The program is funded primarily through a federal TRIO program grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Born out of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, TRIO programs target students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including first-generation college students and those with disabilities.

UNH has been receiving the support grant since 1974. New this year is the requirement to offer students financial counseling and financial aid information.

“We always offered it on some level but now we are required to,” Lamberti says. “There is a lot more emphasis on outcome and evaluation. It’s much more hand-and-glove support.”

There also will be more in-depth tracking of students who receive services to measure their success, Lamberti says. Each year the program has a minimum of 190 students.

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