JBU Awarded $1.2 Million Grant for Student Support Services

Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 11, 2010) — A program that helps JBU students excel in the classroom and succeed in life will be funded for the next five years after the university was awarded a U.S. Department of Education Grant this week.

John Brown University has been awarded a 5-year, $1.2 million grant from the DOE to continue funding of the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program. SSS assists low-income, first-generation or disabled college students attending JBU. The SSS program at JBU was previously funded by a 2005 DOE grant.

“The program at JBU has helped hundreds of Student Support Services participants succeed in college over the past five years,” said JBU SSS program director Jackie Wright. “We are pleased to be able to continue this program that helps so many young people not only become successful at JBU, but also become successful at life.”

SSS provides JBU students opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and works to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. SSS students are offered mentoring, advising, tutoring, financial aid and career counseling.

“SSS provided me the tutoring in biology and Spanish that I needed to stay on top of those classes,” said former SSS participant Scarlett Kerby, a journalism major. “I learned some useful study skills, and the program also provided a scholarship that I needed.”

Over half of JBU students met the SSS eligibility criteria based on income, documented disability or being a first-generation college student from his or her family, said Wright. The number of participating students continues to grow as students become aware of the services offered.

“JBU's SSS program has been executed with excellence over the last five years, which is, in part, one of the reasons the U.S. Department of Education awarded a second grant,” said Dr. April Moreton, director of foundations and corporate relations. “We are grateful to the Department of Education for recognizing the value in continuing to invest in JBU’s students.”