TRiO program recognizes the importance of a doctoral degree

The federally-funded TRiO programs are, among other things, working to get more students to earn a doctoral degree.
The federally-funded TRiO programs are, among other things, working to get more students to earn a doctoral degree.

A series of federally-funded programs called TRiO is working to give disadvantaged individuals the means to earn a college degree, according to the Associated Press. These people can include low income students, disabled individuals or those who have no other family members who have completed higher education.

While some of TRiO's initiatives start as early as middle school, the Ronald E. McNair project is encouraging Americans to earn their doctoral degree. According to the U.S. Department of Education, this program provides funding to institutions that prepare students for doctoral studies through participation in research and similar academic activities.

Participants in this program have shown strong scholarly potential, but are from disadvantaged backgrounds. The institutions are instructed to work closely with them during their undergraduate courses of study and then track their progress towards a PhD.

While a doctoral degree can open doors to many positions that require higher education, it can also raise salaries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a person with this credential can earn about $1,532 per week, compared to $1,025 for someone with a bachelor's degree.

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