Tuesday, August 11th 2020

TRIO program awarded $1.3M grant to continue services through 2025

Sen. John Cornyn announced Aug. 10 that the Kilgore College TRIO program will receive $1,371,980 in “Federal Grants for Higher Education” to continue its services through 2025.

Funding from the grants will allow the TRIO program at KC to continue its mission of providing financial assistance and academic support services to first-generation, low income and disabled students.

The TRIO program at KC is in its 20th year and has helped 1,748 students with their educational needs.

In that time period, 754 degrees/certificates have been earned by KC TRIO students including 24 certificates, 395 associate’s degrees, 287 bachelor’s degrees, 44 master’s degrees and four doctorate degrees.

“As our students prepare to return to their studies, it is critical they are provided with the resources necessary to succeed and continue achieving academic milestones,” Cornyn said.  “I’ll continue to do everything in my power to ensure opportunities for students in East Texas aren’t taken away due to these times of economic uncertainty.”

The program, first introduced in 1968 under the Higher Education Act, was named TRIO because it consisted of three programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services.  It now consists of seven.

For more information, contact KC’s TRIO director Bindy Tice at (903) 988-7590 or visit

About the SSS grants:

The grant funding comes from the Student Support Services (SSS) program with each grant being sustained for a total of five years. Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. SSS projects also may provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. The goal of SSS, a TRIO grant program, is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.