The Project Stay program at Missouri Southern has received a federal grant that will continue funding its mission to help students succeed for the next five years.

Missouri Southern is one of 968 institutions of higher education that will have programs funded through the $270 million awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. The five-year grant amounts to morethan $1.2 million over the next five years for the TRIO Student Support Services program.

Project Stay – which accepts first-generation college students, those who meet an income guideline or have a documented disability – was launched in 2001 at the university. It provides one-on-one academic advising, tutoring, assistance with financial aid and other services designed to ease students’ transition through college and onward.

The grant provides $247,564 per year for the program at Missouri Southern. A large percentage of students participating in the program are freshmen who are the first in their immediate family to
attend college.