TRiO Student Support Services

What is TRIO?

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, and ethnic background or economic circumstance. In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRiO Programs (initially just 3 programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

Student of the Month: Cecelia Johnson

My name is Cecelia Johnson. I am a junior this year majoring in public health and minoring in international studies. I am a first generation student at Portland State University. I was born in Liberia, located on the west coast of Africa. I came to the United States when I was seven. I have lived all my live in Oregon. My career goal is to work in the medical field. A little about me is that I had my daughter in February, it has been a very busy year so far being a new mom while balancing school and work for the last few months. On my free time, I like to stay home, listen to music, watch movies, going out with my friends, going to church, and reading. I am a participant and a student worker for TRIO Student Support Services. The program has really been a big factor in my education experience these past years by helping me plan my schedule for classes, assisting with my Financial Aid application, help look for scholarships, and helping with my academic studies as well as providing services to help me be successful in my years of college to come.
My experience in TRIO Student Support Services has changed the way I approach problems and challenges by looking at the bright side of every situation as well as utilizing problem-solving skills. It has also helped me improve and maintain my grade point average. I am also dedicated and motivated to maintain my grades while I’m working, volunteering, and a student. Without the support and help of TRIO, it would have been more difficult in navigating resources and services for new mothers. They have been an amazing supporter in keeping me on top of my academics and being a new mom. I am truly blessed and thankful for this program. I truly am. I thank them for everything they have done for me thus far and I am looking forward to the next year being in this program. My plans for after graduation is to work full time at a care facility with elderly and travel a lot. I am planning to visit Liberia a year after graduation, in order to do that, I need to work a lot and save up. I am also going to apply for my Master’s degree in Public Health. I am planning to take my Master’s online. To end, after graduation I want to have fun, go travel, and spend time with my little family.