Student &
Campus Life

TRiO Student Support Services 

TRiO Student Support Services is a support system to help students succeed at Eastern Oklahoma State College. Our goal is to help students persist and graduate from Eastern and prepare to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce. Services are available in Wilburton and McAlester. TRIO is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and is one of the more than 800 similar programs nationwide.

What Services are Available?

What we do depends in part on what you need to keep yourself enrolled, advised, counseled, funded and successful as an Eastern student. Our services provide a mix of support designed to help you enhance your academic and personal development. The staff will work with you on an individual or small group basis to provide the following:
  • Tutoring: Group study halls and individual tutoring available.   
  • Academic Advising and Counseling: A counselor is on staff to address academic and career planning.   
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Application Assistance 
  • Student Success Workshops
  • Financial Literacy Workshops: One-hour workshops are offered throughout the semester over various topics to help ensure college success.   
  • Transfer Assistance: Unsure about transferring? We set up campus tours each semester.   
  • Educational and Cultural Activities: Each semester at least one cultural trip/event is offered (ballet, museum, leadership conference, etc.)
All services are provided to qualifying students free of charge in an effort to increase retention and graduation rates while improving study skills and enhancing the college experience. For more information about TRIO, visit the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO website. At this site you also have access to specific TRIO programs, and links to other colleges and universities that support these programs.

Do I Qualify?

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) requires that participants must be citizens of the U.S. or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance, and is either:
  1. A first-generation college student (meaning neither parent has a bachelor’s degree) and/or
  2. Have a limited income (according to federal guidelines) OR
  3. Have a physical or learning disability

How to Apply

  1. Complete the TRiO Program Application (link opens online application in a new window).
  2. Schedule an appointment with the TRiO academic advisor to develop a success plan. 


Questions? Contact the TRiO Office at 918.465.1825 in Wilburton or 918.302.3617 in McAlester. Or stop by the Student Success Center located on the first floor of Johnston Hall in Wilburton or the Information Center in McAlester.

Cynthia Valenzuela
TRIO Program Director

Casey Reinhardt
TRiO Career/Transfer/Academic Counselor

Hannah Truitt
TRiO Academic Advisor/Tutor Coordinator

Cindy Waldrop
TRIO Administrative Assistant