Through its academic, financial, social, and cultural supportive services, TRIO programs have allowed an estimated 5 million low-income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities to enter and graduate college. To help create a stronger network of TRIO alumni, the Council for Opportunity in Education has developed several alumni initiatives.

TRIO Alumni Ambassadors

Throughout the year COE works with a select group of individuals who serve as TRIO Alumni Ambassadors and lead city-wide activities involving TRIO alumni. The Ambassadors host events throughout the year in different cities across the nation and help keep alumni up-to-date on all things TRIO.

Current Alumni Ambassador Cities: San Diego, CA; Portland, OR; New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; and Columbia, SC.

TRIO Alumni Leadership Forum

In conjunction with its 37th Annual Policy Seminar, COE hosted the first TRIO Alumni Leadership Forum on Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The Forum was a one day conference that allowed alumni the opportunity to network, gain valuable skills in different areas, and learn strategies to organize at the local level.

National TRIO Achievers

What do an astronaut, award-winning actress, college president, and TV writer/producer have in common? They have all been National TRIO Achievers. COE is seeking nominations for the 2019 awards. Do you know of any outstanding TRIO alumni who you would like to nominate for this year's competition? COE recognized several outstanding National TRIO Achievers during the Educational Opportunity Dinners in Washington, D.C., in 2017, and in New York in 2018. The Council looks forward to honoring an equally outstanding group during COE's 38th Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, this September!

Nominator must complete a nomination form, either online or via the following form Document is available for download (.pdf).

To receive more information about the TRIO Achievers, please contact Jodi Koehn-Pike at (

TRIO Alumni Community Website

The Council for Opportunity in Education has launched a new website exclusively for TRIO Alumni. This online community allows TRIO alumni from around the world to connect and stay current with TRIO news and events; join local alumni groups; network with peers; and post, share, or browse career opportunities. Sign up today at (!