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Academic Achievement


A Message from CWU President Gaudino

Dr. Gaudino with TRiO graduate Kimberly Hitchcock and her son at TRiO's Graduation Celebration 2012-2013. 

Central Washington University and the National TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program have partnered for decades to support student success. Since 1991, CWU has provided low-income, first generation scholars with personalized services that foster academic development, nurture professional competencies, and support their engagement both on- and off-campus. The personalized services students receive does support their completion of a baccalaureate education as proven by the outcomes of the program.  During the 2015-2016 academic year 88 percent of students enrolled in the TRiO SSS Program maintained good academic standing, and 83 percent of scholars earned their bachelor’s degree—these results demonstrate TRiO’s commitment to students’ overall success and Central’s commitment to creating leaders who are poised for productive and meaningful contributions to society.                                                                                                                           - CWU President James Gaudino


student Holly Allen and former Washington State Governors Mike Lowry and Gary Locke








- CWU TRiO SSS and College Success Foundation student Holly Allen and former Washington State Governors Mike Lowry and Gary Locke.  

Ms. Holly Allen is a successful scholar of the TRiO Student services and the College Success Foundation (CSF) Programs at Central Washington University.  She is the epitome of an exemplary student both academically and personally.  Because of her achievements, Holly was selected as the key note speaker at the CSF Governor’s Cup in 2014.  Holly viewed this experience as a honor because she had the opportunity to tell her personal story to the people behind the Governor’s Scholarship.  It also allowed her to be a representation of a successful scholar who has benefited from the philanthropy of the others.  When asked about her experience a this event, Holly stated that, “it was one the best days of my life.  This scholarship meant a great deal to me.  It aided in my success because it helped ease the financial burdens I was facing and gave me the space to focus more on my academics."

Growing up, Holly recalls going through constant transitions and found solitude and positivity through teachers who were a consistent element in her life.  She now has the opportunity to be "the constant presence of love" in other children's lives as a peer-to-peer mentor at Catholic Family and Child Services and as a preschool teacher at Salnave Elementary School.  She wants her students to know that no matter what goes on in their home life that they can come to school and count on her.  Holly plans to continue her education by working toward her master’s degree and will dedicate her life to  being an exceptional educator in a public school classroom.


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