TRIO is composed of several federally funded grant programs that provide services and opportunities to students from underserved backgrounds. The University of Dubuque has been supporting students through the Student Support Services (SSS) program since 2010.

Our goal is to help students find their own personal success during their time at the University of Dubuque. We meet students where they are and provide them with the tools and support to overcome obstacles, seek opportunity and become well rounded individuals.

Mission & Vision

The University of Dubuque's TRIO-SSS program seeks to foster the academic, personal, financial and career success of participants by empowering them to take ownership of their future through holistic advising, professional tutoring and peer mentoring. The program also offers opportunities for participants to enrich their college experience with additional educational, cultural and career-readiness activities.

All UD TRIO - SSS participants will achieve their educational goals, leading to a fulfilling career and meaningful life.

Benefits & Scholarship

TRIO-SSS supports students in pursuit of their success by getting to know them on a personal level and advising them throughout their time at the University. When students are active in the program, it has led to higher GPA's, improved graduation rates, and increased scholarship opportunities.

Overview of Support

  • Academic advising to help students better understand degree requirements and major and career options
  • Individual support and mentoring by TRIO staff throughout students' careers at UD
  • Educational workshops to develop necessary strategies for academic success. Topics include: time management, study skills, financial aid, graduate school prep, budgeting, writing skills, test taking strategies, and more
  • Peer and professional tutoring
  • Opportunity to partake in new experiences through attending activities or events, such as leadership conferences, graduate school visits, performing arts shows, museum tours, and more
  • Scholarships offered each academic year for participants who are engaged in program offerings

Eligibility & Application

Eligibility Criteria

TRIO- SSS is a program provided to undergraduate students who are enrolled at the University of Dubuque, are a US citizen or permanent resident and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Low income as determined by federal guidelines
  • First generation college student (neither parent/guardian has received a Bachelor's Degree)
  • Living with a disability

How to Apply

To be considered for the TRIO - SSS program at the University of Dubuque, you will need to complete the Online Application. Program staff will review your application and follow up for an intake meeting.

TRIO Staff

Melissa Huekels

Melissa HuekelsTRIO Student Support Services Program Director

Phone: 563.589.3422 Fax: 563.589.3722 Department: Academic Success Center Office: 214 Charles C. Myers Library

Credentials

MAE, University of Northern Iowa; BA, Loras College.

Grace Sparks

Grace SparksSSS Grant Academic Advisor

Phone: 563.589.3731 Department: Academic Success Center Office: 209 Charles C. Myers Library

Katie Bailey

Katie BaileyTRIO Student Support Services Advisor

Phone: 563.589.3758 Department: Academic Success Center Office: 208 Charles C. Myers Library

HOUSING/STUDENT LIFE INFORMATION:

Title: Upper Class Housing Director
Phone: 563.589.3163
Office: 203 Peters Commons