ASPIRE award nominations

It’s AWARDS time again! Please take a moment to nominate deserving individuals for the following awards:

– TRIO Achiever 

– Rising Star

– Friend of ASPIRE

– Champion of TRIO

Champion of TRIO Nomination Form 2018

Friend of ASPIRE Nomination Form 2018

Rising Star Nomination Form 2018

TRIO Achiever Nomination Form 2017-18

Recipients will be recognized at the ASPIRE Region Conference in Missoula, Montana in Octobe 2018.  To nominate an individual, you must be a current ASPIRE member, and the eligibility criteria for each award are briefly described below, as well as, on the nomination forms. Please email me your nominations by June 15, 2018.  I will reply to all nominators to verify that I have received your nominations.

TRIO Achiever:
1)must be a former TRIO project participant who was enrolled in and successfully completed a TRIO program in the ASPIRE region; 2) must have enrolled in and successfully completed a postsecondary program of study resulting in a bachelor’s or terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education; 3) must be a person of high stature within his/her profession or have received recognition for outstanding academic achievement; 4) must currently be employed above the entry-level baccalaureate level; and 5) must have made significant civic, community, or professional contributions. Participation in a TRIO project must have had a significant impact upon the candidate in obtaining his/her professional objectives (as acknowledged by the participant).  TRIO Achievers who are selected should be prepared to present a five minute address to the ASPIRE membership during the TRIO Achievers’ Luncheon at the 2018 conference in Missoula, Montana.

Rising Star:
1)worked in TRIO for three years or less; 2) excelled in providing services to TRIO and/or to ASPIRE at the local, state, or regional levels; and 3) been nominated by anyone at the local, state, or regional level.

Friend of ASPIRE:
This award is determined by requesting nominations from project personnel in institutions that have an Institutional Membership to the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). The nominee can be a President, Vice-President, Dean, or other non-TRIO person in that institution or community who has been particularly supportive of TRIO.

Champion of TRIO
Appropriate nominations are received and approved by the ASPIRE Executive Board. Criteria to be a nominee consist of the following: 1) being an elected official (includes Tribal Council members); 2) evidence of active support of TRIO and disadvantaged students; and 3) must serve constituents within the ASPIRE Region.

 Thank you for taking the time to recognize those individuals who have supported the mission of ASPIRE and TRIO through their dedication and advocacy!  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you!

Jami Bayles,
ASPIRE Awards Chair

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