TRIO Student Support Services

Contact Information

Director: Traci Birdsell, M.Ed.
Office: RCH 217
Phone: 208-792-2300
FAX: 208-792-2057

TRIO Student Support Services helps to retain and graduate first-generation, low-income students, and individuals with disabilities. Academic support is offered through individual and group sessions with professional staff members as well as in a learning lab environment staffed by peer tutors/mentors. Academic support classes are offered in study skills, math, science, leadership, and basic computer skills. The learning lab provides peer tutors/mentors, math and science professionals, and computer/internet access.


Interested students are encouraged to contact the program early in their academic careers to see if they qualify for services. To qualify a student must:

  1. Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  2. Attend on a full-time basis, seeking a four-year degree, and
  3. Be a first-generation student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree) or be financially disadvantaged, or have a physical or learning disability
  4. Have a need for academic support

Funding: The grant is 100% federally funded from the US Department of Education at $325,654 annually.

TRIO Talent Search


Talent Search is a federally funded program serving approximately 600 students in Lapwai, Kooskia, Kamiah, Orofino and Timberline, in grades 6-12, focusing on those whose families are on a limited income and whose parents did not earn a bachelor’s degree. The program targets students who have the desire and the potential to seek post high school education, which includes two, and four-year colleges and technical schools.

Talent Search assists students to gain a better understanding of their educational opportunities and options; therefore, all students are encouraged to apply. Talent Search provides services such as:

  • Study skills
  • Tutoring
  • Career development activities
  • Time management skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Goal setting
  • Academic advice
  • Scholarship searches
  • Campus visits
  • ACT/SAT preparation
  • Assistance with financial aid, scholarship and admission application processes
  • Information on colleges, vocational schools and technical schools

Funding: The grant is 100% federally funded from the US Department of Education at $230,000 annually.