Alcorn Student Support Services receives grant for academic enrichment

Alcorn is one of eight Mississippi institutions to share a $2.25 million higher education grant from the Department of Education’s Student Support Services program. Alcorn will receive $329,571 to aid its Student Support Services program.

Alcorn’s Director of Student Support Services Mary Coleman was pleased with the grant announcement from U.S. Senator Roger Wicker Friday, July 17.

“These grants are aimed at providing better academic opportunities to students in need, as well as improving retention and graduation rates,” Wicker said in the release. “Investments in Mississippi’s higher education system help prepare students to compete and succeed in an increasingly global economy.”

Coleman said that Student Support Services is committed to helping students at Alcorn achieve their educational and career goals.

“This grant is instrumental and provides an array of services for our students,” Coleman said. “The continuation of the grant ensures an environment conducive to academic success and personal development while providing vital academic and financial support for students to succeed and graduate.”

It is expected that the grant award will be continued over the next five years to the following institutions:

Alcorn State University, Lorman — $329,571

Hinds Community College, Utica — $284,754

Holmes Community College, Goodman — $283,339

Mississippi State University, Mississippi State — $246,050

Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena — $257,020

Pearl River Community College, Poplarville — $313,316

Rust College, Holly Springs — $278,980

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg — $257,087?

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