TRiO Student Support Services (SSS)
What is Student Support Services (SSS)?
Student Support Services (SSS) a federally funded program that provides services to students from the first-generation and limited income backgrounds as well as students with disabilities. The program offers several services that inspire, challenge and empower students to persist and graduate from Murray State University. All services by SSS are FREE to qualified students.
Selection for participation in the Murray State University Student Support Services (SSS) program is based on students meeting at least one of the following federal requirements:
- First-generation college student
- Meet federal low-income guidelines
- Have a documented disability
Students should also:
- have an academic need
- be either a freshman, sophomore or transfer student
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MeLissa Cooper is currently the Director for Student Support Services & TRiO at Murray State University. She previously held positions on the Murray State University campus in Sponsored Programs, University Libraries, and Mathematics & Statistics. MeLissa received her Bachelor of Integrated Studies and master's degree in Human Development & Leadership at Murray State University. She has been at Murray State University since April of 2002.
Mary Jo Wallace currently serves as Advising Specialist for Student Support Services at Murray State University. She has previously held positions in the Services for Students with Learning Disabilities program, Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search at Murray State. Ms. Wallace graduated from Murray State with an undergraduate degree in English Education in 1987. In 1991, she earned her graduate degree in Organizational Communication. She has worked at Murray State University since 1991.
Eric earned an Associate's Degree through Owensboro Community and Technical College. He is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Studies here at Murray State University.
The mission of Murray State University Student Support Services is to use a holistic approach to creating an inclusive environment that provides quality academic, career and personal support services. Our hope is to strengthen our student's self-efficacy, resilience and sense of belonging during their campus journey towards graduation.
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