Dyersburg, Tennessee – The U.S. Department of Education announced that Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) has received renewal for two federal TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grants and approval for funding for its fourth year of a 5-year grant for TRIO Upward Bound.

The SSS grants will serve 268 students and are funded for five years for a total of $2,618,880, while the Upward Bound grant totaling $368,962 will serve 76 first-generation, low-income students from four local high schools including Dyer County, Halls, Lake County and Peabody High Schools. Combined, the grants will provide DSCC with $2,987,842 in assistance.

“We are grateful to receive the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grants for another five years,” states Paul Stewart, director of TRIO programs. “The funds provided through these grants, along with the continued funding for the Upward Bound program, will allow first-generation and low-income students to receive extra academic assistance to help them graduate.” “The grant awards are examples of the faculty and staff at DSCC pursuing external grant funding to support student success. Our efforts have helped improve graduation rates,” as noted by DSCC president Dr. Karen Bowyer.