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Rep. Cuellar Announces $1.2 Million Federal Grant Award to TAMIU Posted: 8/19/15

Rep. Cuellar Announces $1.2 Million Federal Grant Award to TAMIU


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     In ceremonies today, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) was awarded a $1.2 million federal grant for its TRiO Student Support Services program providing academic assistance to students in need.

     Congressman Henry Cuellar joined TAMIU president Dr. Ray Keck III and TRiO Student Support Services program director Leticia Valle for the announcement before University faculty, students and staff at the Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center.

     The grant from the Department of Education will be disbursed over five years ($247,584 per year).  It funds the program designed to identify and help provide academic services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  It provides tutoring, counseling, remediation and other support services to students who are low-income, first-generation college students or students with disabilities.

     Since 2001, TAMIU has received $3.3 million from the Department of Education for this program, which teaches students how to employ a highly structured approach to school. Participating students are required to attend weekly half-hour meetings with an academic coordinator.       

     Cong. Cuellar offered a personal perspective.

     “These federal funds are an investment in the future of our community and workforce. As a first-generation student myself, I understand the challenges many of our students face when pursuing higher education,” said Cong. Cuellar, “The services provided by TAMIU’s TRiO Student Support Services provide many advantages to help our students throughout their education experience. I thank Dr. Keck and Leticia Valle for their help in securing this grant for TAMIU, and for their dedication to the students of our community.”

     Dr. Keck noted the program’s importance to TAMIU students.

     “TAMIU has been fortunate to have been blessed with an active TRiO Student Support Services program on campus since 2001. These vital tutoring and support services have assisted almost 800 students, helping them to navigate and succeed in higher education.  We are profoundly thankful to Cong. Cuellar for his leadership on this and for his tireless advocacy for our students and all students,” said Dr. Keck.

     Classes at TAMIU began today, Aug. 19.  Late registration continues through Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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Cong. Cuellar Celebrates with University representatives

A Day for Celebration

Celebrating the announcement of the TAMIU TRiO Student Support Services Grant are, left to right, Dr. Pablo Arenaz, Texas A&M International University Provost & VPAA for Academic Affairs; President  Dr. Ray Keck; Cong. Henry Cuellar; Maria Leticia Valle, Director of the Student Support Services Grant Program; Dr. Conchita Hickey, Dean, University College and Gustavo Salazar, Academic Coordinator, Student Support Services Grant Program.








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