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STARS is a federally funded TRIO program committed to the success of first-generation, low-income, and/or scholars with disabilities. Our mission is to empower scholars to:

  • Develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and attributes to complete a post-secondary education.
  • Achieve maximum academic success and career readiness.
  • Graduate as skilled, self-actualizing professionals and global citizens who lead through best practices and lifelong learning.

Services Provided (Free for STARS Scholars)

One-on-One Tutoring

Career Guidance

Individualized Academic Advising

Cultural Enrichment Activities

Priority Class Registration

Access to STARS computer Lab

Personal and Academic Support

FAFSA Assistance and Financial Literacy Training


1. First Generation (Neither parent/guardian has a four-year college degree), and/or

2. Financial need (receive the federal Pell Grant), and/or

3. Utilize the Rend Lake College Disability Services 

For more information feel free to browse our STARS brochure or e-mail us at


TRIO Program Specialist & Administrative Assistant
Phone Extension: 1236
Building: South Oasis
Office: 113
B.A., Oakland City University | A.A., Rend Lake College
STARS Advisor
Phone Extension: 1720
Building: South Oasis
Office: 111
M.S. & B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale | A.A., Rend Lake College
TRIO Director
Phone Extension: 1366
Building: South Oasis
Office: 108
M.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale
STARS / TRIO Advisor
Phone Extension: 1326
Building: South Oasis
Office: 110

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