Rising Stars are nominated by ASPIRE members. They are employees of TRIO or educational opportunity programs who have been in their position for two years or less and who have excel in providing services to programs and participants at the institutional, state, or regional levels.

2020 Rising Star

Susana Ruvalcaba – Colorado State University, Upward Bound


Rising Star Award Winners

1986 Chris Primus, University of Wyoming
1987 Boni Fullmer, University of Wyoming
1988 Elaine Metcalfe, University of North Dakota
1989 Nate Easley, Colorado State University
1990 Jennifer Grandi, Weber State University
1991 Jane Van Dyke, Rocky Mountain College
1992 Rene Strege, University of North Dakota
1993 Farah Thompson, Weber State University
1994 Sheree Deaderick, University of Wyoming
1995 Susan Schaeffer, University of Wyoming
1996 Judy Cowger, University of North Dakota
1997 Lynn Carlson, ASPIRE Training Institute
1998 Tami Newton, Southern Utah University
2000 Carmen Rivera, Colorado State University
2001 Ruth Ann Shope, Montana Tech of the University of Montana
2002 Jeffrey Maras, South Dakota State University
2003 Dawn Eckhardt, University of North Dakota
2004 Angela Young, Utah Valley State College
2005 Andrea Schneider, University of South Dakota
2006 Dennis Stangl, University of North Dakota
2007 Barbara Waters, Montana State University-Billings
2008 Tina Hartley, Dakota Wesleyan
2009 Lori Brown-Wirth, University of Wyoming
2010 Cara Davis, University of North Dakota
2011 Roxana Luna, Weber State University
2012 Michelle Carroll, Laramie County Community College
2013 Lucy Paltoo, Colorado State University
2014 Angel Ruiz, Colorado State University
2015 Nora Leinen, Black Hills State University
2016 Ally Garcia, Metropolitan State University of Denver
2017 Anthonie Nichols, Utah State University
2018 Alexandria Nordlund, University of North Dakota
2019 Stephanie Moya Community College of Denver
2020 Susana Ruvalcaba, Colorado State University
2021, Kelly Kennedy, University of North Dakota