ASPIRE - Promoting Education and Opportunity

Membership in ASPIRE

Membership in ASPIRE

ASPIRE, Inc. Become a Member!  

As a TRIO professional within the ASPIRE region, you have the opportunity to become a member of an organization that is of great importance in the continued existence and success of all TRIO programs: ASPIRE.  The mission of ASPIRE, Inc. is to increase the educational and success opportunities for low-income and first generation college students through advocacy, professional development, and legislative awareness.

The ASPIRE region was established in 1976 and includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.  Today this professional organization serves over 300 staff members in more than 140 projects.

As a member of ASPIRE, you join a network of TRIO Professionals who are dedicated to providing educational opportunity for low-income and disabled Americans.  ASPIRE provides its members with professional development, timely information relating to state, regional and national issues, and its members advocate at the state and national levels on behalf of our programs and participants.

Your personal membership provides:

  • Opportunities for professional development with other TRIO professionals at the state and regional level.
  • Discounted registration rate for the annual regional conference.
  • Discounted registration rate for state conferences.
  • Strengthens the regional organization.
  • Strengthens your state organization.
  • Provides support for the Council for Opportunity in Education.
  • Inclusion in the ASPIRE mailing list, whereby critical information from the regional and national level is disseminated.
  • Opportunities to assume leadership positions within the organization.
  • Opportunities to exchange ideas with like-minded professionals within the TRIO community.
  •  Be part of a powerful voice at state and national levels on issues of importance to our programs and our participants.

Become a member today!

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Types of Membership


Professional Membership
 is available to persons employed full-time or part-time in TRIO, GearUp, or other educational opportunity/equal access type programs located in the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, or Wyoming. Professional membership is also available to any person that maintained ASPIRE Professional Membership for a minimum of 10 years, and is now retired from the position they held within TRIO programs during their ASPIRE membership period. Each Professional Member is entitled to one vote and is eligible to hold any office within the association.

Current cost: $70 per year ($35 for first year members)

Associate Membership is available to persons meeting either of the following two criteria: (1) employed in a clerical/support staff position within a TRIO, GearUp, or other educational opportunity/equal access type program located in the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah or Wyoming; (2) persons employed full-time or part-time in TRIO, GearUp, or other educational opportunity/equal access programs locate in states which are not included in the ASPIRE, Inc. region. Each Associate Member is entitled to one vote, and may serve on committees, but may hold no office in the association or serve on the Board of Directors.

Current cost: $50 per person ($25 for first year members)

*Membership is non-transferable.

The membership is valid beginning September 1, through August 31 each year.

Learn more about other types of membership, including project memberships.