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Upward Bound grant restored for University of Montana

Upward Bound grant restored for University of Montana

The University of Montana will receive money to support first-generation college students and ones from low-income families through Upward Bound, after initially being denied a grant due to a clerical error, according to news releases. U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines announced Wednesday that the U.S.

Federal Budget Updates

* House and Senate reached an agreement for FY17
* This was signed into law May 5, 2017
* 50 Million increase (5.6%) TRIO Funding
* Language in bill provides increase funding for existing TRIO grant programs
* Increase grants awarded for FY17
*Allowing reading of grants that were rejected due to formatting
*FY18 TRIO budget is not safe (Trump proposed $92 Million in TRIO cuts)
CALL TO ACTION:
*Join Governmental Relations Committee for ASPIRE (contact Ally)
*Continue to call/write your congressional leaders on free time, advocating for TRIO
*Join COE Webinar 5/24/17 @ 1 p.m. (Eastern)
“Governmental Relations Summer Advocacy”

Westminster’s Debbie Samaniego Named College’s First-Ever Marshall Scholar – Westminster College News

Westminster’s Debbie Samaniego Named College’s First-Ever Marshall Scholar – Westminster College News

Dec. 5, 2016 Honors Program student to pursue prestigious graduate study in the United Kingdom SALT LAKE CITY – Westminster senior Debbie Samaniego has received the 2017 Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate study in the United Kingdom. This marks the first time a Westminster student has been selected for this prestigious award.

Kimberly Kost from student to mentor

Kimberly Kost joined Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO at MSUB as the new Academic Coordinator last February. As a prior TRIO participant, she has come back to the program which at one point helped her to pursue her educational dreams. Now, with more experience and a great educational background, she helps students as a mentor, as a tutor, and as a coach. In the past, Kim has worked with students of diverse backgrounds in different capacities. Being a low-income and first-generation undergraduate student, she has the experience and ability of recognizing life’s obstacles that non-traditional students have to overcome in order to graduate.
Her story is full of unique events. During high school, she was the only income in her household, but she still graduated with honors. In her senior year, she got pregnant and moved out from her mom’s house. Right after graduation, she got married and a had a baby. Today, she has overcome the odds; she is happily married and has a wonderful teenager at home. She has also managed to complete different degrees.
Kim obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, an Associate of Arts in Secondary education and an Associate’s degree in Psychology. She is pursuing her master’s in Mathematics and Psychology. Kim is without a doubt a “junkie learner”, as she described herself, and would love to pass on her love for learning to our students. During the interview, Kim said “I want to push students to be more effective… help them learn how to overcome obstacles that they face as non-traditional students.”
Other personal characteristics of this wonderful professional involve her warm and welcoming personality. Always with a smile on her face, she is ready to help students with financial literacy questions, career path, and so forth.
As we say in TRIO, once that you get involved with our programs, your heart belongs to TRIO.

Westminster McNair Scholars Attend UC Berkeley Symposium

Ten Westminster McNair Scholars traveled to Berkeley, CA early in August to present their summer research projects at the 24th Annual McNair Scholars Symposium.  They were able to network with and attend the presentations of hundreds of McNair Scholars from across the country, visit either Stanford or UC Davis, and speak with recruiters at the graduate school fair.  The symposium offered a number of cultural performances, and ended with a dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay.  This event was the culmination of a busy summer full of research, graduate preparation seminars, and GRE Prep classes.  One of our students commented, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet with other scholars and share research ideas….The sense of community at this conference was really wonderful.”

Going to the COE in Washington D.C.

I had the opportunity to be in Washington D.C. from April 7 – April 10 for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s NerdNation. As a TRIO student at Northwest College in Wyoming I have seen and experienced how much SSS has had an impact on me as a student. Prior to NerdNation I made efforts to reach out to the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) so I could witness where the magic of TRIO starts. On April 8th I had the privilege to not only have a tour of the COE but also in meeting with Al Phillips, Holly Hexter and Fernando Cardenas at the COE headquarters. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity because I was able to see first hand how much the COE cares about TRIO students and our future. Their passion for making a college education accessible for all of us was evident and inspiring. TRIO with the help of my great advisors has changed my life and has helped prepare me for a successful future. I am an advocate for TRIO and for the COE for all that they’ve done for me as an individual and for all of us. I appreciate and am fortunate for the advocacy of the COE on our behalf on Capitol Hill, they have and are continuing to change the lives of thousands. The difference they have made for all of us is real and we wouldn’t be here without them.

Thank you,

 

Sam Jones

NWC Student Senate President and TRIO student!

TRIO Celebrates 50th Anniversary at UND

UND TRIO Programs will celebrate its 50th anniversary of being on campus, Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Alerus Center. TRIO was originally conceived by Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration as part of the “War on Poverty” to help American students from all populations reach academic success. In 1966 UND applied for and received its first TRIO program, Upward Bound. Since that time UND TRIO has grown to include five programs serving more than 2,500 participants a year. Each of the five programs targets a specific population of students who are primarily low-income and/or first-generation Americans interested in pursuing successful college careers. The TRIO Programs include:

                                                           Program        Population

                                                 Talent Search        Middle and High School students

                                             Upward Bound        Students Grades 9-11

              Educational Opportunity Center      Adults interested in college

                         Student Support Services        Students currently enrolled at UND

                                            McNair Scholars        Juniors and Seniors at UND interested in a Ph.D. research field

The celebration will recognize UND, out of more than 2,800 TRIO programs in the country, as one of the longest continuously funded programs. The Feb. 25 events at the Alerus Center include Dr. Arnold Mitchem, President Emeritus of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), who will discuss social change and college access since the 1960s at 10:00 a.m. in the Alerus Ballroom 2. This event is open to all UND staff.

To see the impact TRIO has made at UND, view this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cmk5xMz5jo

Wyoming Upward Bound student wins Boys and Girls Club of Wyoming’s Youth of the Year award

Picture1Amber Bennett has been in the Upward Bound program since entering the 9th grade.  She is 16 years old and a junior at Casper, Wyoming’s Natrona County High School.

Bennett, a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming in Casper, gave a winning speech before she was announced the 2016 Wyoming Youth of the Year at a banquet on Tuesday, March 16, 2016.

Bennett is involved in many activities at the club and at her school, including Upward Bound.  Bennett was up against Jillian Anderson, Cheyenne’s 2016 Youth of the Year, who is also an Upward Bound student.

Bennett won a $5,000 college scholarship.  Bennett said she plans to study graphic design at the University of Wyoming.  She will represent Wyoming at the Southwest Regional Youth of the Year 2016 competition this June in Dallas.

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Talent Search alumnus continues educational path

 

My name is Bethany O’Connell and I am a 2015 graduate of Dupree High School on the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. I am a TRIO Talent Search alumnus who is continuing on her educational path. This fall, I plan to attend the University of Minnesota, Morris to pursue a four year degree in Environmental Science. In the future I hope to use my education to bring awareness to environmental issues on my home reservation as well as across the country.

Although my final year of high school was somewhat stressful, with help from my school guidance and my TRIO Talent Search counselors and my parents I decided to apply for a number of scholarships. I am happy to have received a couple of local scholarships, but the best one I was awarded is the Gates Millennium Scholarship. I am so grateful because now I will be able to realize my long term goals!

I am also very interested in joining the Peace Corps and working with youth in developing countries. If that doesn’t work out, at least I want to be a motivator and mentor to children and teenagers on my reservation. Through my example, I want to be able to model how important it is to get a college education and follow a career path that will have a positive influence on the people and community. I feel that many young people do not learn at home how essential a high school education is, much less how important it is to earn a college degree.

In conclusion, my advice to incoming seniors is to apply for as many scholarships as possible so your academic dreams can be accomplished.