Texas TRIO Association

TRIO Achievers 2019
"Celebrating Milestones to Legacy"

North Lake College

Upward Bound

University of North Texas 

Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science

Texas A&M Commerce 

Upward Bound

Kilgore College


Student Support Services

Brittney Gaston

Garry "Smitty" Grubbs

Rudy Reynoso

Marvyn White

"Upward Bound was influential in determining my future. I was grateful to graduate from Stephen F. Austin in December of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.  In January 2012, I found my love for special needs students and began my teaching career in Special Education in Mesquite ISD.  In 2014, my life changed when I was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  I was teaching and battling cancer full time.  January 23, 2015, I found out I was cancer free.  Even though I still have side effects that I'm dealing with, I never lost my smile."

"When I think about what TRIO did for me, I am reminded of the support the people of the program provided me along away and the lasting relationships I build there."

TRIO programs exposed me to people of different backgrounds and cultures helping me understand what university would truly be like once I got there.  This was very impactful to me because it taught me a life lesson that has struck with me since that time:  reaching people and building relationships isn't about that people think,  but how people think."

"I was part of the Upward Bound  program at Texas A&M University led by Ms. Victoria Reed while in high school.  The butterfly effect it had in my life continues to this day though I did not realize it as it transpired.  I entered the program as an introverted, but studious lower classan.  After some years of consistent guidance and the patience of a renaissance painter, I emerged with a clearer focus, improved organizational skills, and a desire to share my talents with the world."

"In the spring of 2003, I was a junior struggling with out a purpose or faint idea of what I was going to be when I "grew up."  In a short period of time, my teacher turned on a light inside of me and made me believe in myself again.  She helped me become the man I am today and the moment I stepped on a college campus, I knew I would not be happy until I had a classroom of my own.

My experiences as an AVID District Director and Assistant Principle, and the challenges associated with directing such a unique group of students and parents prepared me for administration in numerous ways."

TRIO Achiever Requirements

  • The TRIO Achiever candidate must be a former TRIO project participant who was enrolled in and successfully completed a TRIO program.
  • The TRIO Achiever candidate must have enrolled in and successfully completed a post-secondary program of study resulting in a baccalaureate or terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • The TRIO Achiever candidate must be a person of high stature within his/her profession or has received recognition for outstanding academic achievement.
  • The TRIO Achiever candidate must currently be employed above the entry-level designation for his/her professional or enrolled in a program for a degree above the baccalaureate. Special preference given to nominees who have been out of school for five or more years.
  • The TRIO Achiever candidate must have made significant civic, community, or professional contributions.
  • Participation in the TRIO project must have had a significant impact on the candidate in obtaining his/her educational and/or professional objectives (as acknowledged by the participant).

Texas TRIO Association (TX-TRIO)  Address:  1225 W. Mitchell St. University of Texas at Arlington,  Box 19356, Arlington, TX 76019  Phone: 817.272.2633  Fax:  817. 272.2616

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