USD Receives $1.1 Million Grant to Help Underrepresented College Students

The University of South Dakota received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Education Department to support low-income, first-generation and students with disabilities with academic need.

The TRIO Student Support Services Program grant will help USD provide a variety of resources and services to 140 students each year over the the next five years, including: free tutoring, personal and career counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment programs, financial and economic literacy, and financial aid and scholarship assistance.

"The goal of the program is to increase recruitment, retention and graduation of qualified students,” said Kimberly Grieve, vice president of student services and dean of students.

Grieve and Michael Suing, who works in student services, prepared the grant proposal that received a rare perfect score.

Applications for Fall 2015 classes will be taken in the next couple of weeks.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News