Pacific’s SUCCESS TRiO program awarded a 5-year, $1.7M grant

SUCCESS TRiO at University of the Pacific has a 41-year history of supporting students from first-generation, low-income backgrounds through graduation.

The Division of Student Life’s SUCCESS TRiO program was again awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide retention services to students who often face challenges to remain in college. “We work hard to make that connection piece with our students and ensure they have a sense of belonging on our campus,” said Tracy Patton, executive director for community involvement and educational equity.

“We are excited to be refunded, especially during such a competitive cycle,” added Allison Dumas, associate vice president for student involvement and equity. “As a first-generation graduate, my experiences as a SUCCESS staff member and administrator have been rewarding and impactful. Our SUCCESS students and alumni are inspirational and we are proud to continue this wonderful opportunity for Pacific and the students we serve.”

Patton feels as if she has “come full circle.” She benefited from the SUCCESS program’s guidance and support as an undergraduate student at Pacific and now is helping administer the program.

Patton ’03, ’05 admits she was “nervous” while waiting for word about the grant application. 

“This is a particularly tough time for many students and the continuation of the grant is crucial,” she said. “Our staff did an exceptional job in the grant proposal of conveying the needs of our students.”

The program is one of several under the TRiO umbrella. Pacific’s effort is part of the Student Support Services (SSS) funding. Pacific also has a TRiO Upward Bound Program, hosted at Edison High School.

“Our SUCCESS program provides academic support, emotional support, mentoring and tutoring and much more. We want our students to know we care about their well-being and educational outcome,” Patton said.

The new grant will help the program recruit returning and incoming students. 

“We are funded to serve 200 students,” Patton said. “Current students who feel they may benefit from SUCCESS should apply online. This also is great for the university’s efforts in recruiting students.”