Emma James (Remus), a first-generation college student in Mid’s Medical Assistant Program who also participates in the College’s TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) program, was recently nominated for and received an Academic Progress Scholarship to help further her studies from the Michigan College Access Programs and Personnel (MI-CAPP). Students must be nominated by TRIO professionals at their college and write an essay. TRIO professionals from across the State of Michigan then come together to determine the scholarship recipients, and this year saw a very competitive applicant pool.
“TRIO and this scholarship mean more and more to me each year as I continue my education,” shared James. “TRIO has helped me tremendously and the supportive staff is always there when I need them. From finding scholarships, understanding financial aid, and registering for courses, the TRIO team has helped me with everything.”
Amy Dykhouse, TRIO SSS Career Services Coach at Mid, nominated James and had this to say…
Emma James has been an incredible supporter of the TRIO-SSS Program at Mid by recruiting new students to our program, volunteering, and participating in as many cultural opportunities as she can. On group trips she works hard to make sure other students feel welcome and comfortable. Throughout her three years in the program she has been a valued asset and we are so very proud of her accomplishments. We know she will go out into the workforce and do wonderful things for our healthcare system as a medical assistant.
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 initially received the TRIO SSS grant in 2015, which provides over $250,000 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.
“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 Jillian Moomaw, TRIO SSS Grant Director at Mid. “Emma is a shining example of how students can grow and develop as individuals with the support of the TRIO SSS Program.”
Emma, who has always had a passion for education, has been a member of Mid’s TRIO-SSS Program since 2017 and has just three courses left to complete her associate degree at Mid.