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TRIO Achievers 2018

"Unmasking the TRIO Movement"

Upward Bound



Mayor David Allen

Talent Search



Ms. Christina Sanders

Upward Bound



Dr. Austin Lane

Upward Bound


Mr. Martin Chapa

St. Mary's University

Texas Southern University

Fairley Dickson University

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

"As Mayor, I am responsible for budgets and finances, lives, property and well-being of thousands of residents, something I had never desired and certainly had not planned to do, but thanks to Upward Bound and the opportunity it afforded me, I was prepared and am actually enjoying the challenges."

"Talent Search and TRIO were cornerstone academic resources for me and for so many others.  Success in life has never come easily, but I am forever grateful for the mentoring programs that showed me it was possible."

"I am committed to advocating and advancing  higher education for all students, no matter their station in life.  It doesn't matter if that sustends is a veteran, disabled, low-income or the first in their family to attend college, [TSU] serves as a pathway to a better life."

"The UB impact on my professional career is very clear to see.  I wanted to pay if forward and help as many students who were just like me:  Low-Income and First Generation and full of potential."


Here are the requirements for a TRIO Achiever: 

  • 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: 817.272.0399  Fax:  817. 272.0439

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