UNM Students Receive SSS-TRiO Collin Smith-Levin Achievement Award

May 23, 2016 - Dorene DiNaro

AbeytaSix University of New Mexico students have been selected to receive the Student Support Services (SSS)-TRiO 2016 Collin Smith-Levin Achievement Award. These students include: Samantha Abeyta (pictured left), Gabriel Aguirre, Savannah Cheek, Kevin Garcia, Josiah Martinez, and Shantell Moreno.

 “The recipients were chosen for this award because of their perseverance in overcoming barriers while maintaining strong program involvement,” Dawn Blue Sky-Hill, SSS program specialist says.  The financial award provides federal grant aid for eligible participants in the SSS-TRiO program. “

The award will help Aguirre pay for his summer tuition and fees—a cost he normally funds on his own. Abeyta praised the program saying that it has helped her in so many ways including close bonds she has formed with two of her advisors. “SSS-TRiO is always there to remind me to take time for myself, take time to get involved and to push myself,” Abeyta says. 

SSS-TRiO provides intensive advisement and program services that include peer coaching, financial guidance, social/cultural activities and exclusive TRIO scholarship opportunities.

The nationally recognized SSS -TRiO program was established by the U.S. Department of Education in 1965. The University of New Mexico—Main Campus was awarded the grant program to provide supportive services for individuals from first-generation and low-income backgrounds to encourage students to earn their bachelor's degree. The program is housed in the UNM Division of Student Affairs.
For more information on the program and how to apply, contact Blue Sky-Hill at 277-3230 or visit the SSS-TRiO website.