Student Support Services Program at Concord University Receives Funding for Five-Year Grant

ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University’s Student Support Services (SSS) Program has been awarded federal funds totaling more than $1.7 million for a new five-year grant. The program has been refunded through 2025 with the award amount being $357,411 per year for the five-year period.

This federally-funded TRIO grant program paid through the U. S. Department of Education works to help first-generation, income eligible students and students with disabilities to successfully navigate the course of post-secondary education from entrance through graduation.

“Concord University has long been committed to improving student success and completion. Our SSS staff’s dedication to serving students is inspiring. We’re thrilled we will be able to continue the important work of supporting 200-plus student participants.”

Dr. Sarah Beasley, Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students

 “Concord’s SSS team is excited to continue the tradition of support services for our participants while helping them navigate the challenges occurring in today’s world,”

Kristen O’Sullivan, Director of Student Support Services

The SSS Program at Concord is funded to work with more than 200 students annually and support four full time staff on campus. Services available to SSS students include:  one-on-one tutoring services, peer mentoring, eligibility to apply for grant funding through the Student Support Services Supplemental Grant Aid program (SSSG), assistance with course selection, individualized counseling services (career, academic, personal, financial aid), cultural trips, utilization of the SSS computer lab, free printing, workshops (study skills, choosing a career, test taking strategies, funding your college degree, etc.) assistance applying for graduate school, and other supportive services. 

For additional information about Student Support Services at Concord University please contact Kristen O’Sullivan at or 304-384-6099.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086 if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.


Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

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