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TRIO Achievers awarded Department of Education Grant

Federal grant will allow program to continue supporting first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities.

Cal Poly’s TRIO Achievers, federally known as Student Support Services, recently secured a new five-year grant totaling $1.72 million from the Department of Education. 

The multiyear federal grant allows the program to continue its annual mission of supporting at least 258 first-generation, low-income students, as well as students with disabilities, through the 2024-25 academic year.

In addition, the grant supports approximately 20 students as peer mentors and student assistants, two full-time staff, and one half-time staff position.

Founded in 1984 at Cal Poly, TRIO Achievers provides eligible students with grant aid, cultural events and activities, academic tutoring and advising, and graduate/professional school advising and preparation. In addition, the program offers a variety of academic resources, including laptop/technology rentals, a book lending library, quarterly workshops and academic supplies.

“We are excited and grateful to be able to continue this important work for our students and campus partners,” said Ethny Stewart, director of TRIO Achievers. “Our program has a proven track record in supporting students in their persistence and degree attainment, and this generous grant renewal will allow us to continue this core mission throughout their time at Cal Poly.” 

For more information on TRIO Achievers, visit