Tori Boynton’s (Lake City) determination to persevere inspires many who hear her story to pursue an education. Tori faced challenges and obstacles throughout her educational journey, but never gave up and recently graduated from Mid as part of the TRIO Student Services (TRIO SSS) program. TRIO SSS supports students through transformational opportunities that connect them to academic, career, and college support services.
“TRIO SSS students develop growth mindsets, resiliency, and feel empowered to complete their college journeys. We support their academic activities and achievements, and also provide cultural and enrichment opportunities they may not otherwise experience,” explained Maggie Magoon, TRIO SSS Grant Coordinator at Mid.
Earlier this year, a group of TRIO SSS students and staff attended the Michigan College Access Programs and Personnel (MI-CAPP) Student Leadership Summit in Ann Arbor. MI-CAPP is Michigan’s chapter of the Regional Educational Opportunity and the National Council for Opportunity in Education (COE).
The summit included a scholarship awards banquet, and Tori Boynton was presented with a $1,000 MI-CAPP Academic Achievement Scholarship to help her further her studies.
“Tori’s acceptance speech was personal, inspirational, and moved many audience members to tears and applause! Tori shared how much Mid, TRIO, and the scholarship meant to her on her path to success,” noted Magoon.
“The MI-CAPP scholarship is going to be very helpful to me as I plan to transfer to Central Michigan University (CMU). It feels wonderful to be recognized for my academic achievement, and it’s very validating to know that my hard work is paying off. I aspire to be an educator and obtain my special education degree from CMU and will be paying all the help and support I’ve received forward by serving students in the public school systems here in Michigan. Mid Michigan College has been the best community for me to establish, grow, and excel in my academics and self-identity. The TRIO program at Mid has been an especially delightful group that has helped me reach my goals and conquer any obstacles I have had along the way. I can’t thank Mid and TRIO enough,” shared Boynton.
The TRIO SSS program supports students who face barriers in achieving their maximum potential. The primary measure of success is degree attainment or transfer to a four-year institution. The College received the TRIO SSS grant in 2015, which provides over $200,000 annually for salaries, equipment, supplies and materials, and software to assist 140 students per year who are first-generation, low-income, or have a disability.
Data from the first three years of TRIO SSS demonstrates that efforts are helping students succeed academically. TRIO SSS has celebrated 75 graduates and 57 students who have transferred to four-year colleges or universities over the past three years.
Recruitment for the 2019-2020 class of TRIO SSS students is now underway! If you know a student who might be interested or are one yourself, contact the TRIO team for more information.