Student Support Services
Student Support Services is an academic support program funded by the United States Department of Education.
Student Support Services (SSS) is staffed by caring and committed professionals whose mission is to provide you with services, free of charge, designed to help you succeed in college.
Who Qualifies for Student Support Services?
Students are eligible for services if at least one of the following are true:
- Neither parent has a four year college degree (First Generation)
- The applicant's family meets Federal financial aid guidelines for taxable income
- The applicant identifies as a student with a disability (medical, mental health, physical, learning)
CashCourse Financial Literacy Program
Student Support Services (SSS), in collaboration with CashCourse is offering a certificate program to become a financial literacy peer mentor. Students are assigned 12 modules to complete throughout the semester. The modules include budgeting, spending, financial aid and personal financial goals. The successful completion of the course will create opportunities for students to work as financial literacy mentors with their peers.
Student Support Services Scholarships
The Sohan Singh Memorial Scholarship
The Sohan Singh Memorial Scholarship is awarded yearly by Aruna Gandhi, the Assistant Director of Student Support Services, in memory of her father. This award is presented each May to a current SSS student who exemplifies a strong commitment to their education and a high level of participation in the SSS program. The recipient must also demonstrate financial need and be recommended by the SSS professional staff.
The Marcia K. Gottschall Writing Scholarship
The inaugural Marcia K. Gottschall Writing Scholarship will be awarded in May of 2009. This award, presented by Tom Thompson, honors the longtime Writing Skills Specialist in Student Support Services who served as a teacher, mentor, and friend to countless students during her nineteen-year tenure at SSS. The recipient must have successfully completed the SSS sequence of ENG/RDG 100 and 101 and shown a strong commitment to improving their writing, as well as a superior work ethic. Recipients must also demonstrate financial need and be recommended by the SSS writing instructors.
Many academic departments offer scholarships to students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their major. For more information on these departmental scholarships, please view listing of currently available departmental scholarships.
Student Support Services Faculty and Staff
- Michele Carpentier, Director of Special Programs/Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
- Athena Castro-Lewandowski, Writing Skills Specialist
- Laura Cronk, Educational Specialist/Coordinator of Extended Time Testing
- Rachel Day, Academic Coach
- Elizabeth Ann Dumont, Secretary
- Ashley Durocher, Counselor
- Bryan C. Kieser, Mathematics/Reading Skills Specialist
- Sandra Layhee, Notetaking Coordinator
- Anne Petro, Math Skills Specialist
- Tom Thompson, Writing Skills Specialist/Coordinator of Special Projects