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Murray Announces $4.9 Million in TRIO Grants for Washington State's Institutions of Higher Education

May 11 2001

Funds will provide educational support services to disadvantaged, disabled and first generation college students

(WASHINGTON, DC) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $4,968,211 in TRIO grants to Washington State's institutions of higher education. Funded under the Student Support Services (SSS) program of the Higher Education Act, this funding provides academic support services to low-income, first generation and disabled college students. As a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Murray worked to secure and increase this level of funding.

"Students from disadvantaged backgrounds deserve access to support and incentives that will help them succeed in college and graduate school," Murray said. "I am pleased that these funds will provide students in our state with the academic and mentoring systems that they need to achieve brighter futures."

The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.

Services provided by projects funded under the SSS program may include:

• Instruction in basic skills
• Tutorial services
• Academic, financial or personal counseling and mentoring
• Assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in four-year institutions, graduate, and professional programs
• Career Counseling
• Special services for students with limited English proficiency

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, which provides federal higher education funding for fiscal year 2001, includes $730 million for TRIO, an $85 million gain over fiscal year 2000.

Bellevue Community College $190,000

Big Bend Community College $204,539

Central Washington University/Ellensburg $216,454

Centralia College $272,589

Columbia Basin College $224,637

Eastern Washington University $306,792

Everett Community College $251,582

Evergreen State College/Olympia&Tac. $231,281

Green River Community College $224,898

Lower Columbia College $261,781

Northwest Indian College $204,865

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom $190,000

Seattle Central Community College $231,411

Tacoma Community College $216,454

University of Washington $344,076

Walla Walla Community College $308,365

Washington State Community College $190,000

Yakima Valley Community College $227,751