LMU Students Support Services Receives Federal Grant

First Generation SSS participants

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) has received a five-year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund its Student Support Services (SSS) program. The first year will be funded at $335,106.

LMU’s SSS program provides academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students to increase retention and graduation rates among those populations of students. The program, which has been an integral part of the LMU academic community for many years, fosters an institutional climate supportive of the success of students it serves. Directed by Lila Combs, the program’s federal grant application received a perfect score by evaluators, ensuring LMU will receive funding at the highest level.

Student Support Services at BiltmoreThe program is based at the main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, and serves 165 qualified students. It provides study skills, academic advisement, career and personal counseling, tutorial services, assistance in securing admission and financial aid for graduate and professional programs, cultural enrichment activities, mentoring services and financial literacy skills at no cost to the students.

“The SSS program is an excellent way for students to receive support services and help them make the transition to college a successful one,” Combs said. “This program is central to LMU’s mission of providing educational opportunities to underserved populations in Appalachia and beyond, and funding through federal grants like this one ensure we are able to continue to serve these important populations among our student body.”

For more information on the SSS program, contact Combs at 423.869.6213 or by email at Lila.Combs@LMUnet.edu.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at admissions@LMUnet.edu.

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