National TRIO Day

On February 24, 1986, a congressional resolution (H. Con. Res. 278) declared that Saturday, February 28, 1986, should be designated as “National TRIO Day” to commemorate the annual achievements of the Federal TRIO programs in communities across the country.


National TRIO Day

Every year since then, our community has reserved the fourth Saturday in February as National TRIO Day — an opportunity to focus the nation’s “attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives if they are to become contributing citizens of the country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made.”

TRIO Day 2023

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Download the TRIO Day Action Guide

Help make TRIO Day a community-wide event by engaging the support of your school and community, as well as nearby corporations and businesses. Additionally, we strongly advise you to invite your representatives in Congress to experience #NationalTRIODay in action. The National TRIO Day Action Packet includes sample invitation letters, media advisories, and other materials to assist you with promoting TRIO Day in your community.


Ways to participate

A Day of giving

For many programs, National TRIO Day has become a tradition as it allows students who benefit from the TRIO programs to give back to their local communities through acts of service. In past years, National TRIO Day celebrations have included some of the following activities.

  • Building homes with Habitat and Humanity
  •  Organizing voter registration drives
  •  Raising awareness about TRIO through visits to the State Capitol
  •  Reading to children at the local library
  •  Cleaning a park, river or other public area
  •  Assisting the Salvation Army, Red Cross, United Way or local non-profit
  •  Volunteering at the Humane Society, soup kitchen or local animal shelter


Use #NationalTRIODay on social media!

Please be sure to send pictures and news clips about your TRIO Day activities to COE Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing Terrance Hamm at [email protected] and Digital Media Manager Trauvello Stevenson at [email protected]!



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