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TRIO week to spotlight academic support programs at ACU

For immediate release 
March 17, 2006

The federal educational support programs available at Abilene Christian University will be showcased during ACU’s TRIO Week, March 20-24, featuring a service project, awards dinner and a balloon release.

"These events are designed to increase awareness of TRIO programs in Abilene and give the various communities more information on who we are, what we do and how we benefit students," said Gloria Bradshaw, director of Alpha Academic Services at ACU.

The federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programs assist low-income, first-generation college, and disabled students to progress from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

On Monday, a balloon release with refreshments and door prizes will take place from 3-5 p.m. in front of the Williams Performing Arts Center.

An awards dinner honoring outstanding students who have achieved goals of the program is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday at University Church of Christ. Tickets are $5 and will be on sale at the McGlothlin Campus Center on the ACU campus beginning Monday. Proceeds will be applied to scholarship funds for TRIO participants.

In addition, TRIO students will be teaming up with Adopt-A-Spot to clean up the area on EN 10th between Sherrod golf course and the railroad tracks.

ACU offers four outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college and disabled students:

  • Alpha Academic Services – the umbrella name for two distinct but related programs: a federally funded TRIO program (Student Support Services)  and ACU's Student Disability Services
  • Educational Talent Search – a federal grant that helps young people in grades six through twelve plan for and, eventually, enroll in college.
  • McNair Scholars Program – a program designed to provide effective preparation for doctoral education.
  • Upward Bound – a federally funded TRIO program designed to assist 9th - 12th grade students prepare for and attend a post secondary institution upon high school graduation.

TRIO also includes a training program to encourage the replication or adaptation of successful practices of TRIO projects at institutions and agencies that do not have TRIO grants.

 

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