SUNY Potsdam Support Services Awards $31,372 in Student Aid


SUNY Potsdam’s Student Support Services (SSS) program awarded a total of $31,372 in grant aid to sixteen students this year.

Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO program designed to enhance academic skills and increase retention and graduation rates of eligible students. It was introduced at SUNY Potsdam in 1984. SSS grant aid funding is a result of the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2001 and special funds provided by the U.S. Congress for the Fiscal-Year 2009 appropriation for the Federal TRIO Programs.

Students were selected for the SSS Grant Aid Award based on their participation in the SSS program, academic achievement for fall semester 2009 and need for financial support.

“These students are truly deserving, and we are incredibly pleased to award these valuable grants to them,” said SSS Program Director Diana Fisher.

Student Support Services participants are entitled to academic and personal resources that include one-on-one peer tutoring, academic planning, financial literacy consulting, personal counseling, graduate school advising, study skills workshops, resume writing, grant aid, peer mentoring, laptop loan program and cultural event participation.

The award recipients are Patience Dann of Oswego, Marilyn Fernandez of Massena, Whitney Hargett of Saranac Lake, Tamara Jackson of Jamaica, Haydee Padilla of Bronx, Samantha Patenaude of Potsdam, Franchell Polanco of Bronx, Patricia Portes of Bronx, Elizabeth Pulsifer of Burke, Vincent Raleigh of Waddington, Nickola Reddick of Gouverneur, Katelyn Romano of Coram, Khylee Rowe of Gouverneur, Jeanette Sanchez of Brooklyn, Audrianna Vahue of Rochester and Danielle Wheaton of Highland Mills.

To learn more about the SUNY Potsdam SSS program, visit the Website at