Champion of TRIO

“For Advocacy on behalf of ASPIRE and TRIO students by an elected public official”

This award is given each year; the appropriate nominations are received and approved by the ASPIRE Executive Board. Criteria to be a nominee consist of the following:

  • being an elected official (includes Tribal Council members);
  • evidence of active support of TRIO and disadvantaged students; and
  • must serve constituents within the ASPIRE
YearName, Title, Location
1992Tim Wirth, Senator CO
1993Wayne Owens, Congressman UT
1995Rosemarie Myrdal, Lieutenant Governor ND
1997Conrad Burns, Senator MT
2002Kent Conrad, Senator ND
2003Jack Spiker, Mayor, City of Cheyenne WY
2004Craig Thomas, Senator WY
2005Jim Matheson, Congressman UT
2006Becket Hinckley, Wyoming House of Representatives, District 41, WY
2008Earl Pomeroy, Congressman ND
2009Tim Johnson, Senator SD
2011Max Banens, Senator MT
2011Jon Tester, Senator MT
2012Floyd Esquibel, Wyoming State Legislator, District 8, WY
2013Jared Polis, US Representative D-CO 2nd District, CO
2018Daneya Esgar, Representative, District 46 CO
2019Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado
2020Heidi Heitkamp, Former North Dakota Senator