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Lowey Helps Mercy College Gain Funds To Aid Underserved Students

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DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey announced $284,754 in new U.S. Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services Program funding for Mercy College students in the successful completion of their post-secondary education.

Mercy College will receive $284,754 to support 250 underserved students through a student support services program aimed at increasing the rates of retention, good academic standing and graduation of eligible students.

According to Mercy, two-thirds of the participants will be low-income and first-generation college students or individuals with disabilities; and one-third will be low-income, first-generation or individuals with disabilities.

“Higher education can chart a student on the path to economic opportunity,” said Lowey, D-Westchester/Rockland.

“I’m pleased these federal investments will help hundreds of underserved students at Mercy College fulfill their academic and career goals. As ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue working hard to protect higher education funding that makes college accessible and affordable for Lower Hudson Valley students.”

“These federal dollars will help Mercy College students who need a little extra personalized support to get to graduation day,” said college President Tim Hall.

“The grant funds the TRIO Student Support Services program at Mercy, which serves 250 undergraduates who are low-income and first-generation college students, and also those with disabilities. The grant allows us to provide support services such as specialized freshman orientation, financial literacy, tutoring, mentoring and cultural activities. This is a proven program that assists with retention, student academic success and graduation. Thank you to Congresswoman Nita Lowey for helping Mercy College students succeed.”

“The work that is done in the TRIO program here at Mercy College is done with passion, commitment and a genuine desire to see each of our students graduate. That commitment results in retention and graduation rates that we are very proud of. We look forward to continuing the work and helping our students make graduating a reality," said David Collins, Mercy College Upward Bound and student support services program director.

Along with Mercy College, Westchester Community College in Valhalla will receive $247,584 to implement a support services program to assist 165 first-year developmental students who are low-income, first-generation and/or disabled in completing their college programs.

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