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TRIO receives Educational Talent Search Program grant renewal
Dr. Ronnie Gross

JOHNSON CITY (July 26, 2016) — East Tennessee State University’s TRIO was awarded $279,840 for each of the next five years by the U.S. Department of Education through a renewal of a grant to fund the local Educational Talent Search Program.

TRIO programs were established nationally under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to assist eligible students in successfully completing a college degree by helping them overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

The grant enables ETSU’s program to serve 600 area residents between the ages of 11 and 27 who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career and financial counseling to participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue to postsecondary education.

In addition to current students, Talent Search also works with individuals who have not completed education at the secondary or postsecondary level to complete their education.

Eligible students receive tutoring, career coaching, mentoring, workshops and an array of other services and support.

Dr. Ronnie Gross, director of ETSU’s TRIO programs, says, “We look forward to continuing these services with middle school and high school students from Hawkins, Johnson and Sullivan counties. We appreciate the tremendous support and assistance from the principals, teachers and guidance counselors in the target schools, enabling us to offer the services of the Educational Talent Search.”

For further information, contact Gross at 423-439-4002 or

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