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First generation students, income-eligible students, and students with documented disabilities can apply to become a TRIO scholar and receive exclusive support services and community benefits.


The TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSS) at Notre Dame College is committed to increasing retention and graduation rates of TRIO Scholars. TRIO empowers our scholars to achieve their academic and personal goals by providing holistic and individualized support services.


TRIO’s Purpose Is To ...

  • Provide opportunities for academic development
  • Assist students with basic college requirements and navigation
  • Motivate students towards the successful completion of their post-secondary education
SSS is one of eight Federal TRIO Programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to increase college retention and graduation rates. The funding helps students achieve their college requirements, assists in academic development and motivates them to persist through challenges to complete their postsecondary education. Notre Dame College’s $1.3 million TRIO grant will build upon the work of two of our existing programs, FirstGen and the Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences. As one of only three private colleges in Ohio to receive an SSS grant, Notre Dame is honored to provide this increased support to our students. 

How We Help …

Student Support Services for TRIO Scholars aim to address the whole student, providing support for both personal and academic ambitions. 


Services Available To TRIO Scholars Include ...

  • Academic Tutoring & Peer Mentoring
  • Exclusive Computer Lab Access and Printing
  • Scholar’s Lounge
  • Academic Advising
  • Educational & Financial Literacy Workshops
  • FAFSA Advising
  • Career & Professional Development
  • Cultural & Social Enrichment Activities
  • Scholarships
  • Leadership Opportunities (Emerging Leaders)
  • Summer Programming
  • National Network/Alumni Association
The goal of these services is to boost your academic success and help you graduate with as little debt as possible. With TRIO, you are connected with a team of faculty and staff dedicated to your success and a community of fellow students who lift each other up to reach their highest potential.

Who Is Eligible?


First-Generation College Student


Income-Eligible College Student


College Student With A Documented Disability

In addition, you must be a citizen or permanent resident in the U.S. and pursuing a bachelor’s degree (or associate’s on the way to a bachelor’s degree) at Notre Dame College.

Application ... How To Apply

The TRIO Application Process Is Simple.

  1. Complete and submit a brief application and eligibility form, including supporting documents.
  2. Wait as your application is reviewed for completion and eligibility.
  3. If eligible, participate in an intake process to determine fit and inclusion.
  4. Enroll as a TRIO Scholar!

Featured Faculty & Staff

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Tamera Herron, Ed.D.

Director, TRIO Student Support Services
P:  216.373.7160


Dr. Tam loves working with students. Her experience with diverse populations has provided her the opportunity to learn and grow in the management of student success programming for decades. She has a rich history with TRIO programs, as well as other educational and training programs. Her goal is to create a familial environment where students feel welcome and supported.  

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Mary Lynn Dixon

TRIO Advisor
P:  216.373.5313
T:  216.755.9376

Mary Lynn received her undergraduate degree from Lake Erie College and her graduate degree from Cleveland State University, both in Ohio. In addition to her experience in financial aid and career guidance, she has extensive experience working with diverse student populations that include K-12 up through adult. She has a passion for student success and finds it rewarding to provide students with the resources and assistance needed to be successful throughout their college and career journey.

Ready to become a Trio Scholar?

To access the application, accepted/confirmed/registered Notre Dame students can apply by logging onto The link to the application is under “Academic Services” -> “Trio Student Support Services.” If you have any questions, or need assistance with the application, please contact

For more information, email

Faculty and staff members may also refer students who they believe would be a great fit for the TRIO Student Support Services program. Use the form linked below to provide us their information. Thank you for supporting our students!

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