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About Student Support Services

Students studying at SSS OfficesStudent Support Services is a federally funded program, housed in UK's Office for Student Success, designed to work with students who are first generation, low income, and have a documented disability.  We provide a holistic approach to working with students designed to aid in retention and graduation. 

We are dedicated to guide and support you on becoming Our Next Success Story. Our staff and student workers are available to work with you on a one-on-one and group basis. We provide a comprehensive program of academic support combined with personal and career exploration that will maximize your chances for persistence to graduation.

The first step is to enroll in SSS and take advantage of the programs and services it offers, please fill out APPLICATION (application in .pdf format) and return to:

Lydia Wims, Director via email or bring to the office at the following address:

University of Kentucky
Student Support Services
Gatton Student Center, East Wing, 2nd Floor

Student Support Services Scholarship(s) form


UK Program Helps First-Generation, Low-Income Students Navigate College
Story by Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader

When Gloria Maldonado was still at Bryan Station High School, she remembers college reps coming to talk about the University of Kentucky. The first in her family to plan to go to college, "I didn't even know what an alumni was," she recalled.

That's one of the many almost imperceptible challenges that face low-income and first-generation college students, a vocabulary that often doesn't include them.

"Everything about college was new to me," said Maldonado, 21, who's now a senior at UK majoring in dietetics.

Maldonado won a Charles Parker scholarship to attend UK and soon found refuge at Student Support Services, which helps first-generation, low-income and disabled students cope with everything from financial aid to tutoring.

"It's things like understanding what a book voucher is or how to talk to a professor," Maldonado said. As a single mother to now 5-year-old Azila, she needed academic and moral support to get through her freshman year. Today, she is the coordinating tutor for the office.

Please click here for more of this story from the Lexington Herald-Leader


SSS Offers Key to Success to Unprepared Freshmen - Story and video from UKNOW


"Big Blue Family" VIDEO: Jim and Lydia Wims Help UK Students Succeed

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