The United States Department of Education has awarded a $1.1 million grant to Mercer to provide support services for up to 140 students per year for five years. The support will be offered to first-generation college students, students with disabilities and Pell-grant eligible students on the Macon campus.
The grant will fund scholarships for participating students, tutors and study skills and intensive coursework in the summer, as well as workshops throughout the year. In addition the grant funds two counselor positions and an administrative assistant. The program is designed to help retain students who sometimes struggle to make the transition to college.
“We were excited to learn that we were awarded a grant from this very competitive program, because it will enable us to help students to succeed,” said Michelle Currie, director of TRIO programs at Mercer, which will oversee the grant. “This will help us to be more proactive in working with these students in the hopes that they will be retained, graduate on time and go on to be successful after graduation.”
In addition to a for-credit summer program, students will receive mentoring, one-on-one counseling, participate in cultural events, travel to career and professional school fairs and attend workshops on financial aid.