Student Support Services - TRIO

Five TRIO students holding TRIO letter signs

Student Support Services (SSS)  is a 100 percent federally funded TRIO Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education ($284,755 annually).  The College of St. Scholastica SSS program serves 175 SSS students each year.  The federal TRIO programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  TRIO includes seven outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

Mission Statement

Student Support Services (SSS), a TRIO program, contributes to The College of St. Scholastica's mission to provide intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work by providing a collaborative and supportive environment inclusive of diverse backgrounds and learning styles.  SSS advocates for the needs of low-income and first-generation students and students with disabilities in their pursuit of an undergraduate degree.

TRIO students walking to the Benedictine Commons holding TRIO lettersJoin SSS!
You may be eligible if you have documented financial needs, a documented disability, academic need, or neither parents graduated from a four-year college.


TRIO students outside of Tower HallLooking for SSS resources? 
Information for current TRIO students from the SSS Student Handbook, SSS Book Listing, and more!


Five alumni students with the TRIO program director

Welcome Alumni
Stay connected by registering with the Alumni Office Registry, Alumni Career Network, and the MN TRIO Network.

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Contact Us

Dory Kempf HeadshotDory Kempf, MS Ed, LPCC.
Program Director
Tower, 
Room 2150 C
(218) 723-5997 
dkempf@css.edu

Book Appointment


Tiffany Snider HeadshotTiffany Snider, MSW, LICSW.
Assistant Director
Tower,
Room 2149 F
(218) 723-5909
tsnider@css.edu

Book Appointment


Melissa Doreus HeadshotMelissa Doreus
Academic Specialist
Tower,
Room 2149 C
(218) 723-6007
mdoreus@css.edu

Book Appointment


Gail Samarzia HeadshotGail Samarzia
Administrative Assistant
Tower, 
Room 2150
(218) 723-6594 
gsamarzi@css.edu