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STLCC Receives Major Funding from U.S. Department of Education

August 13, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded St. Louis Community College more than $3 million in funding to support three Student Support Services projects under the department’s TRIO program. The TRIO program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and works to motivate students to graduate. 


Each award is for five years (2015-20) and will benefit students through academic and support services at three St. Louis Community College campuses:

  • Florissant Valley – $231,102 annually, $1,155,510 total
  • Forest Park – $213,180 annually, $1,065,900 total
  • Meramec – $212,946 annually, $1,064,730 total 

The funds will be used to raise the success rate for academically disadvantaged, low-income, and/or first generation college students who struggle to stay in college and complete their certification or degree. Services will include academic tutoring in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects; advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection; assistance with information on a full range of student financial aid programs, benefits, and resources for locating public and private scholarships; and assistance in completing financial aid applications.


The funding will also help STLCC provide education and counseling services to improve students’ financial and economic literacy. These services will help students with admission and financial applications to four-year institutions, as well as graduate and professional programs.


The funds also may be used to provide individualized counseling for personal, career and academic information, activities, and instruction. Each opportunity is designed to acquaint students with career options, provide exposure to cultural events, and learn more through academic programs not usually available. Mentoring programs are also a vital part of the services provided through this funding.


For more information, contact Rosita Lewis, Florissant Valley, 314-513-4293; Kim Walker, Forest Park, 314-951-9489; or Sanela Mesic, Meramec, 314-984-7303.