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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia


July 15, 2015
Press Release
To help first-generation and low-income students

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that Bluefield State University, Marshall University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology have received nearly $1 million in grants to help first-generation and low-income college students succeed in school.

The grants from the U.S. Department of Education will fund TRIO programs at each of these Third District schools. TRIO is a set of federally funded programs that help first-generation and low-income students succeed in college. More than 6,000 students in West Virginia participate in TRIO.

The grants awarded include:

  • $356,760 for Bluefield State University
  • $284,754 for Marshall University
  • $343,138 for WVU Institute of Technology

“TRIO helps first-generation and low-income students at Bluefield State, Marshall and WVU-Tech succeed by providing tutoring, support services and career counseling. This support network is vital to ensure students not only enter college but complete their degrees successfully. Thousands of West Virginia students are succeeding in college today thanks to TRIO, and I was proud to help secure increased funding for TRIO programs through the House Appropriations Committee,” Rep. Jenkins said.