Students honored for TRiO participation

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton-Montgomery Community College TRiO student support services held a TRiO recognition celebration to congratulate and recognize those students graduating or transferring from FM this fall, a news release said.

The following TRiO participants, most of whom are first-generation college students, received academic and personal support through the federally-funded program and will be graduating or transferring from FM at the end of this semester: Alexis Bonilla, Victoria Cesar, Courtney Chatterton, Mindy Cox, Jennyreet Delarosa, James Demerse, Tisha Dukes, Crystal Fresco, Kyle Giddings, Sienna Hall, Nancy Hendricks, Steven Horton, Shenice Jett, Leroy Jones, Brandy Mack, Elisa Mannino, Carlos Mercado, Jr., Kadidra Merchangt, Najary Polanco, Raheem Small, Grizele Soriano, Lynn Waicul, Ariel Ware, and Amanda Wellman.

Students were given the opportunity to share their goals during this recognition, stating their future plans. Some of these plans include attending Boston University, Buffalo State, Ellis School of Nursing, Mercy College, SUNY Purchase and Southern Vermont, the release said.

One student stated that the TRiO program was the difference between her succeeding and failing; it helped her gain the confidence she needed to earn a college education.

Another student said she had been out of school for 35 years and everything seemed foreign; she was ready to drop out, but then discovered the TRiO program and could not thank the TRiO staff enough for being there for her.

A third student, an athlete, said he thought he could juggle sports, college and a social life but soon realized it was all too much for him to handle. He said TRiO put him on the right path.

TRiO student support services is fully funded through the U.S. Department of Education. The program provides academic, financial and transfer advisement as well as professional tutoring in math and writing, the release said.

TRiO occupies a dedicated space on the second floor of the Evans Library which includes a classroom and a study lab with computers. TRiO participants must meet one of three specific eligibility requirements – they must be first generation college students, be income qualified or have a documented disability.

Students must apply and are admitted to the program as space permits.