Participants are selected according to their potential for academic success and their eligibility in one or more of these areas: income level, first-generation status and disability status.
We are proud to sponsor three TRIO Programs that serve the following populations:
- TRIO Educational Talent Search: For middle school and high school students from select schools. Their goal is to assure that more youth from disadvantaged backgrounds will complete high school, enroll in postsecondary institutions of their choice and then complete their postsecondary education. There is no cost to enroll in the TRiO Educational Talent Search program.
- TRIO Upward Bound: For high school students from select schools. provides fundamental support to high school students in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.
- TRIO Student Support Services: For undergraduate college students at USD. a supportive academic community working together toward academic excellence. TRIO Student Support Services helps eligible first generation, low income students and students with disabilities as they strive to achieve their academic goals. Student success is at the center of everything we do.
- Academic, financial, career or personal counseling
- Advice on entry or re-entry to secondary or postsecondary programs
- Career exploration and aptitude assessment
- Tutor services
- Information on postsecondary education
- Assistance in completing:
- college admissions applications
- financial aid applications
- scholarship applications
- ACT exam preparation and registration
- Study skills development
- College orientation and success activities
- Students in grades 6-12
- Students whose parents do not have a bachelor's degree
- Students who meet the low income and first generation criteria
- Students with physical disabilities
- Students who have learning disabilities
- High school and college drop-outs
- Students in need of career guidance and/or career counseling
How to Apply
- If you are interested in participating, complete the online Educational Talent Search application.
- You can also fill out the below PDF application and then send it to the talent search advisor for your target area or turn it in to the counseling office at your target school.
Upward Bound Serves:
- High school students from low-income families
- High school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
- The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
- Attending the summer program at USD including educational, cultural and recreational activities
- Visits by program staff to students, parents and school personnel
- Arranged and facilitated campus visits
- Academic, financial and personal counseling
- Assistance in completing college entrance and financial-aid applications
- Parents are expected to provide support and encouragement necessary for the student to improve their class participation, attendance and grades.
- Students are expected to enter the program voluntarily and to fully understand that it is a program intended to improve their academic skills and to help them identify their educational goals.
- Students will maintain excellent school attendance and maintain grades to the best of their abilities.
- Students will complete the monthly Upward Bound assignments and monthly instructor reports.
- Students are expected to maintain cooperative behavior with school personnel, program staff and fellow students.
- Once accepted, students can expect to participate in the Upward Bound program until they graduate from high school.
- The summer after their high school graduation, students complete their Upward Bound experience by taking their first college courses.
We'll help you achieve your goals.
You know you're ready for the challenges of academic life - and we know you are, too. But we also know that academic life can be stressful. That's why TRIO Student Support Services is here to help. Our programs supplement your capabilities, making you more confident in yourself, your studies and your future.We offer:
- Individualized academic guidance
- Personalized financial, career and social support to ease transitions through college
- Free tutoring in a variety of courses
- Career and postgraduate planning
- These services prepare you for success not only as a USD student, but also as a graduate.
- Because our program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, students must meet certain eligibility requirements. To participate, a student must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Taxable income (not annual or adjusted gross income) meets the federal low income eligibility guidelines
- Be a first-generation college student, meaning neither parent has a four-year college degree
- Have a documented disability
- Each participant must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be enrolled in classes at the Vermillion campus
- Be a citizen or national of the U.S., or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance
- Demonstrate an academic need. This need will be assessed on an individual basis and may include an evaluation of college GPA, admission requirements for one's degree program, high school grades, ACT scores, and/or English proficiency.
- Build lasting relationships, connect with your community and realize how your strengths can take you to great places through our TRIO Scholars Learning Community.