Hardin, Lodge Grass students win TRIO Achievement Grants

Montana GEAR UP recently notified 95 seniors, representing 23 Montana high schools – including those in Hardin in Lodge Grass – that they had earned the Montana TRIO Achievement Grant. The Montana TRIO Achievement Grant is a one-time award of $1,500.

For Hardin High School, winners of the grant were Deshawna Anderson, Lane Blankenship, Gidion Herbel and Aminna Little Light. For Lodge Grass, they were Mylon Blacksmith, Sylvanna Covers Up, Samantha Dust, Robert Hogan, Beau Plenty Hawk, Aleigha Spotted Horse and Tavia Torralba.

The grant may be used to cover the student’s cost of attendance at any U.S. accredited college or university that awards an associate’s degree or higher.

In order to earn the Montana TRIO Achievement Grant students must be Pell Grant eligible and complete the Montana University System College Prep Curriculum while maintaining at least a 2.0 grade-point average. Additionally, students must be enrolled in a TRIO Upward Bound or TRIO Talent Search Program. The names of the students and the high schools they represent can be found by clicking here 2018 Montana TRIO Achievement Grant award winners.

GEAR UP, a federal grant program designed to increase the number of first-generation and lowincome students who attend and succeed in college, is administered through Montana’s Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. The Montana GEAR UP program currently serves more than 4,000 students, the majority of whom attend schools located on or near one of the state’s American Indian reservations.

For more information about Montana GEAR UP and the TRIO Achievement Grant, visit mus.edu/gearup.