State Leadership

National College Opportunity Programs Leadership Summit

Are you looking for an opportunity to expand your professional network, enhance your leadership skills, learn about state and federal TRIO initiatives, and develop tools for professional engagement? Inspiring present and future leaders is essential for developing our TRIO community and the National College Opportunity Programs Leadership Summit embodies this necessity. This cornerstone event occurs each year prior to COE's Annual Policy Seminar and gathers State/Regional leadership, Emerging Leaders, Alumni and Experienced Professionals to develop leadership skills and form quality professional connections. This conference is free of charge. Mark your calendars! The Leadership Summit will be Sunday, March 19th, 2017. Attendees may register simultaneously with the Policy Seminar.

State Leaders Caucus

The State Leaders Caucus takes place each year prior to the Council for Opportunity in Education's Annual Conference. During the Caucus, attendees will hear from COE's President, Board Chair, and other senior leadership as well as participate in specialized sessions in relation to various leadership roles. COE encourages all state/chapter association Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretaries, and Treasurers to attend.

State Leadership Community of Practice

The Communities of Practice State Leadership page is a central location for all state/chapter association Presidents, President-Elects, and other future or experienced leaders to network with each other, share resources and best practices, and promote the distribution of timely information from the state and regional associations. Click here and join the conversation in the State Leadership Community of Practice today!

Paul T. Spraggins State Initiative Grants

The Paul T. Spraggins State Initiative Grants are awarded to select state/chapter associations of COE affiliates annually. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis for the 2016-2017 fiscal year and they will be reviewed and funded quarterly. The purpose of the grants is to promote activities across the country that will help state and chapter associations build their capacity to advocate for college and access programs serving low-income, first-generation students. Examples of past grant-funded projects include:

  • Emerging Leaders Institute activities and support
  • Hosting a TRIO Day celebration
  • Expansion of Professional Development offerings
  • Developing a media relations plan or hiring a state advocacy consultant

Grant awards of up to $500 are available for state/chapter associations. Applications for a Spraggins Grant must include:

  • A commitment from the respective Regional Association to provide at least $500 in matching funds
  • A detailed budget

Regional Presidents should submit approved Requests for Proposals to Krysti Specht ( A copy of the application is available here Document is available for download (.pdf). Please ensure that the grant is entirely filled out before submitting.

Do you have any questions about State Outreach Initiatives at the Council for Opportunity in Education? Please feel free to e-mail Krysti Specht at ( or to call her at (202) 347-7430 to find out more information.