Rep. Mike Thompson Announces $325,000 Grant for SSU's Trio Program

trio.gifU.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5), a member of the bipartisan TRIO Caucus, today announced a $325,000 U.S. Department of Education grant for Sonoma State University's (SSU) TRIO program.

SSU's programs include Upward Bound in Lake County, Academic Talent Search and Math Excellence Through Education Opportunity and Rigor (METEOR). More about these programs can be found at

Federal TRIO programs are outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programs serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities.

"Everyone, regardless of who they are, where they're from, or how much money their parents have, deserves the opportunity to go to college and earn a degree,"said Thompson.

"The TRIO programs help make this possible and that's why I am a proud member of the TRIO Caucus and supporter of these important grants. With these funds, SSU will be able to help make sure students across our community have equal opportunities to achieve their educational goals."

The funds will be used to train staff on strategies for recruiting and serving hard to reach populations such as students with limited English proficiency, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system, and other disconnected students.

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