The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a multi-million dollar grant aimed at helping first-generation, low-income and disabled students graduate from college.
The university was awarded a $2,137,725 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which will be used over the course of five years to support the Student Support Services (SSS) program. This program focuses on UA Little Rock students who are low-income, have a disability or are first-generation college students.
“UA Little Rock is committed to providing an affordable and high-quality education for everyone who wishes to make their dream of a college education a reality,” Chancellor Christina Drale said in a statement. “We are pleased that the U.S. Department of Education has recognized our commitment to student success and the extraordinary work of our Student Support Services program. The program’s success is a credit to the hard work and determination of its participants and the dedicated educators who are working to close the education gap and make college accessible for all students.”
The SSS program will now have a success coordinator, who will oversee student success programs, including tutoring services, maintaining relationships with departments that assist with career and internship placements, conducting the Career Academy and more.
“TRIO Student Support Services provides services annually to 260 eligible UA Little Rock students,” Desarae Nelson, director of Student Support Services, said. “SSS helps motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. The goal of the program is to increase participants’ college persistence, support them through graduation, and facilitate the transition from one level of higher education to the next.”