Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

To increase rates of academic achievement, retention, and graduation among historically underrepresented students interested in the STEM - Health Science majors by providing holistic and individualized support services that maximize students' innate abilities, draw upon available resources within and outside of the university, and benefit students, families and the larger community.

TRIO-STEM Health Center Goals

The goal of the TRIO STEM program is to offer a myriad of support services to aid students in academic and social student success at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Services provided include:

  • Personal Advising
  • Leadership Development
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Secondary Admission Assistance
  • Career Development
  • Financial Aid Counseling
  • Financial Literacy
  • Graduate School Counseling
  • Supplemental Academic Advising
  • Study Abroad Advising
  • Study Skills Development
  • Time Management Assistance

What is TRIO?

The TRIO programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America. TRIO began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. The Educational Opportunity Act of 1964 established an experimental program known as Upward Bound. Then, in 1965, the Higher Education Act created Talent Search. Finally, another program, Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (later known as Student Support Services), was launched in 1968. Together, this “trio” of federally-funded programs encouraged access to higher education for low-income students. The original three programs have since grown to eight, adding Educational Opportunity Centers in 1972, Training Program for Federal TRIO programs in 1976, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program in 1986, Upward Bound Math/Science in 1990, and the TRIO Dissemination Partnership in 1998.

Benefits of being a TRIO STEM-HS Participant

As a participant in the TRIO SSS STEM program you are eligible to receive all of the benefits of membership, including individualized academic advising, career counseling, financial aid counseling, and assistance in overcoming any personal issue that might affect your academic performance.

Throughout each semester, Student Success seminars and workshops are held. We highlight all  TRIO STEM events on our site as well as GVSU events pertaining to STEM-Health Sciences to allow you to have a variety of opportunities. 

Our campus partners work closely with us and are available to work with students. 


You are also eligible to receive:

  • Graphing calculator checkout
  • Laptop checkout
  • Resource Center with study guides, test preparation books and more
  • Attend cultural and educational trips
  • Service and leadership opportunities
  • Access to faxing and printing

Additional GVSU TRIO Programs

We have seven TRIO programs at GVSU: Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, Student Support Services, SSS STEM-Health Sciences and Teacher Preparation Student Support Services, and a Veteran's TRiO SSS.

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Page last modified December 1, 2022