Since the late nineties, Student Support Services has been awarded the federal TRIO grant to help fund their program that serves IUPUI students. Through the years, the former director, Barbara Browning, has been in charge of writing the grant. With Browning's retirement, Eric Williams was at the helm of the grant writing process this year.
The grant, which allows for Student Support Services to continue offering services such as academic advising, financial aid, counseling, and tutoring, as well as academic and developmental workshops to the approximately 300 students it serves each year, is worth over $1 million over its five-year cycle.
Williams said that Browning deserves a lot of credit for the grant being awarded to IUPUI for this cycle. “What I basically did is took the template that she had and updated it, looking at the needs of our students today versus 5, 10, 15 years ago or more, even 20 years ago,” said Williams, “and so what we had to do was adapt the grant to what IUPUI's needs are today and what we can anticipate the needs to be over the next five years.”
One of the adoptions was the creation of a new assistant director position.