While TRIO might have originated as a demonstration program serving just a handful of students for a few million dollars in the 1960s, it has grown into a billion dollar program serving nearly a million students by the 21st century. As several of the programs can now boast of 50+ years of service, our community has had many opportunities to share the life-altering contributions that TRIO has made in the lives of low-income, first-generation students. COE encourages all TRIO programs to commemorate such a milestone by organizing events, reaching out to alumni, publishing stories and op-eds, and using social media.
As part of each 50th anniversary celebration, COE hosts a national student video competition that highlights the impact of TRIO on students, schools, communities, and families.
The Student Support Services program celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2018. COE received 40 student video submissions and the winners were featured at COE's 37th Annual Conference on September 14, 2018 in New York City.
The top five finalists were: California State University-Dominguez Hills-Veterans, California State University-Long Beach, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Miami Dade College-Homestead Campus, and Texas Christian University. The winner was Texas Christian University for their video “Pursuit of HappineSSS.” Click here to watch the videos of the finalists.
Noteworthy Student Support Services Alumni
Hector Balderas, Attorney General, New Mexico, Student Support Services, New Mexico Highlands University
Franklin Chang-Diaz, First Hispanic Astronaut and Chairman and CEO, Ad Astra Rocket Company, Student Support Services, University of Connecticut
Viola Davis, Academy, Emmy, and Tony Award-Winning Actress, Student Support Services and Upward Bound, Rhode Island College
José M. Hernandez, Former Astronaut, NASA, Student Support Services, University of the Pacific
Gwendolynne Moore, U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin — 4th Congressional District (2005 to Present), Student Support Services, Marquette University
Harry Lee Williams, President and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Student Support Services, Appalachian State University
Talent Search celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2015. Students creators of the winning videos were honored during the Opening Session at COE’s 34th Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA. The second place video, “Talent Search 50th Anniversary Celebration—University of Pennsylvania” was created by two students at the University of Pennsylvania. The winners were two sisters from the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation who submitted a video entitled “The Lombard Family: A TRIO Talent Search Success Story.” Click here to watch their winning video.
Noteworthy Talent Search Alumni
Henry Bonilla, U.S. House of Representatives, Texas — 23rd District (1993 to 2007), Partner, The Normandy Group, Talent Search, Project Stay, Inc.
Darcel D. Clark, Bronx County District Attorney, Talent Search, Tremont Improvement Program Neighborhood House (TIP)
Cornelius Griggs, President and CEO, Griggs, Mitchell and Alma Construction Group, Talent Search, Introspect Youth Services, Inc.
Rob Masri, Founder and CEO, Cardagin Networks, Inc., Talent Search and Upward Bound, Virginia Tech University
Brian Mitchell, Former Running Back, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, Talent Search and Upward Bound, Southern University A&M
Gregory Powell, President and CEO of Fi-Plan Partners, Talent Search, Bolton High School, Arlington, TN
Upward Bound celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2014. The student video contest winner, Delaware Tech Upward Bound, was honored during COE’s 33rd Annual Conference at a luncheon on September 10, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Click here to watch the winning video.
Noteworthy Upward Bound Alumni
Patrick Ewing, Hall of Fame NBA Player, Upward Bound, MIT-Wellesley
Denyce Graves, Opera Singer, Upward Bound, Howard University
Wil Haygood, Author and Journalist, Upward Bound, Ohio Dominican College
Michael Muse, Co-Founder, Muse Recordings, Upward Bound, Michigan State University
John Quiñones, Correspondent for ABC News and Host of “What Would You Do?,” Upward Bound, St. Mary’s University
Stephen D. Perry, Principal and Founder, Capitol Preparatory Magnet School and Author, Upward Bound, Wesleyan University