Rockville Centre, NY - August 12, 2015 - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) announced today that Molloy College has been awarded $234,745 in federal grant funding to continue to improve support services for low-income and academically-needy students. Molloy is expected to continue receiving funding each year for a total of five years through the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Support Services program, which awards funds to colleges and universities to support efforts to increase student retention and graduation rates. Molloy will use the funding to identify 160 eligible new and returning students, including low-income students as well as first-generation college students and/or students with disabilities, and enroll them in Molloy’s TRIO Student Support Services program, through which they will receive individualized academic support, personal and career counseling, financial aid counseling and advocacy, and additional writing, reading, math, science and study skills instruction.
“There is no better federal investment than one that helps students succeed, and that’s why this five-year Department of Education grant is so important to Molly College,” said Senator Schumer. “Molloy College’s successful TRiO Student Support Services program provides accessible resources to some of our most vulnerable students to increase retention and graduation rates. Investing in students now is a wise investment for the future, and I am pleased that that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Molloy College this funding.”
“This investment will assist Molloy College in delivering invaluable educational opportunities and resources for students who need it most,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Through comprehensive programs including financial aid, counseling and tutoring, the TRIO Support Services program will help our students get the foundation they need to graduate, get good jobs and have successful careers.”
“Low-income students face unique challenges as they pursue their college degrees, and this funding will allow Molloy College to continue providing students with the individual guidance and support they need to overcome those challenges and cross the finish line,” said Representative Kathleen Rice. “I’m glad that Molloy has been awarded this grant for the year ahead, and I’ll work to ensure that the funding continues so that students at Molloy can count on access to the services they need to complete their college education.”
“Molloy College has been a successful part of the TRIO program since 2001,” said Dr. Drew Bogner, President of Molloy College. “We are proud that we have served 160 students per year and have prepared them to be successful in their studies and in their future careers.”
“The TRIO Program assists our students in completing their education in so many ways,” said Dr. Valerie Collins, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Molloy College. “Our dedicated TRIO staff members provide exemplary support to the students who participate in this program assisting them to reach their educational goals.”