A-State receives 1.5 million dollar grant to help further student retention

 

JONESBORO, Ark- A 1.5-million-dollar grant from the US Department of Education is being awarded to A-State.

 

The grant will help further retention and completion rates for students.

 

“We are located in the Delta region, and since A-State is located in the Delta region one of the poorest regions in the state,” says Student Support Service Centers Academic Advisor, Lorna Scaife. “We have a lot of students that meet our criteria for low income. So, it will just increase the amount of students who we can serve.”

 

The grant is spread over five years and requires one to reapply after; it will fund the university’s Student Support Services Center.

 

They offer academic support including tutoring, mentoring, graduate school help and more.

 

For first generation, low income and, disable students.

 

Scaife says this will have a lasting impacting on students.

 

“Some of the services we provide are monthly workshops, some are on financial literacy, budgeting, and what not, time management,” Scaife says. “Keeping up with your assignments. Some of these career professionals end up being mentors for our students. They’ve offered them job shadowing opportunities and even internships.”

 

Scaife says their retention rates are as high as A-States.

 

Which is why she credits to the continuous funding.

 

The centers been part of A-State since the 1980s but was started nationally in the 1960’s by former President Lyndon Johnson.

 

She says she is thankful for the support, especially due to the pandemic when budgets are scaling back.

 

The grant will fund 175 students each year in the Student Support Services Center.

 

Scaife says it will also help future red wolves as they add new students to the program each semester.

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