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Virtual Selective College Fair

COE will host a virtual, selective college fair to connect rising pre-college sophomores and juniors to selective and competitive schools nationwide on Thursday, June 17 at 1 p.m. ET. TRIO directors, complete this form and the accompanying excel sheet to register all your rising sophomore and junior high school students at once. All colleges at this fair commit to helping first-generation, low-income students succeed. Register your students by Friday, June 11. Learn more here.

  • Learn best practices to prepare your students to get vital information out of college fairs and visits as they navigate the college admissions process in this webinar on Wednesday, June 2 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Register here.

Keith Sherin Global Leaders

Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program — COE works with university and international partners to offer a short-term, summer study abroad experience for TRIO participants in Student Support Services and McNair Scholars programs. Destinations have included the United Kingdom, Spain, and the Netherlands. When in person, students are able to apply for financial aid and receive academic credit for the experience.

The 2021 program will be fully virtual! Interested students and staff are encouraged to apply!

Program Dates: July 7-8 and July 13-14, 2021

COE will host the 2021 virtual Keith Sherin Global Leaders program for 30 TRIO college students and 30 TRIO professionals to have robust discussions on global issues with COE’s international partners and learn the steps required to plan and finance a study abroad experience.

Programming Will Include:

  • Global Perspectives around Current Issues
  • Study Abroad Basics Workshops
  • Remarks from your International Peers and Study Abroad Hosts
  • Cultural Awareness: Getting to Know the Dutch
  • Paying for a Study Abroad Program

Student Application

Additional Benefits to Participating in the Program Are:

  • Introduction to a global network of emerging leaders,
  • Emersion into the Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program, and
  • Invitation to COE-sponsored professional development programs abroad when safe and in-person travel resumes.

Student Eligibility:

  • Current TRIO college program (SSS or McNair) participant
  • Access to a reliable computer and internet for the entirety of the program, July 7-8 and July 13-14.

To apply, complete the Student Application and submit supporting materials no later than Friday, May 14, at midnight ET. You can create an account to save your application and return to it later.

Supporting Materials Include:

  • Nomination Form Document is available for download (.pdf) completed by a TRIO director
  • Statement from student applicant (not to exceed 500 words) responding to the question, "Why are you interested in participating in this program?"

COE will notify selected students by Monday, June 14 and will invite them to attend a mandatory orientation on Thursday, July 1 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET.

Questions? Please contact Holly Hexter via e-mail at (holly.hexter@coenet.org).

TRIO Professional Staff Application

Additional Benefits to Participating in the Program Are:

  • Induction to a global network of emerging leaders on college access and completion,
  • Invitation to COE-sponsored professional development programs abroad when safe, in-person travel resumes.

Staff Eligibility:

  • Current TRIO program professional
  • Access to reliable computer and internet connection for the entire program July 7-8 and July 13-14.

To apply, complete the Staff Application and submit its supporting materials no later than Friday, May 14, at midnight ET. Create an account to save your application and return to it later.

Supporting Materials Include:

  • Statement from TRIO professional (not to exceed 500 words) responding to the question, "Why are you interested in participating in this program?"

COE will notify selected staff by Monday, June 14 and will invite them to attend a mandatory orientation on Thursday, July 1 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET.

Questions? Please contact Holly Hexter via e-mail at (holly.hexter@coenet.org).

NEW: Comcast Pilot Virtual Internship Program

Comcast Internet Essentials has provided COE support to develop and pilot virtual STEAM internships for students in four of the TRIO programs: McNair, Student Support Services, Talent Search and Upward Bound. It is expected that two programs from each category will be selected to participate in the pilot — and that each selected program will engage a minimum of two students in Virtual Internships. Each selected project may be eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 that may be used either for student stipends, staffing, or program development costs. We are delighted that Nate Easley (nate@easleyfound.solutions) will be facilitating this effort for COE. We hope to extend this model to many additional programs in the 2021-22 academic year.

Expectations of Selected Projects

  • Identify a minimum of two high school students or undergraduates to participate in virtual internships to be carried out between May and August of 2021. Students should be enrolled in or preparing for undergraduate programs in business, engineering, marketing and communications, mathematics or science, or technology;
  • To the extent feasible, assure your students are available to participate in pre-internship activities to be conducted this spring;
  • Share with COE the names and contact information of local and national businesses that you currently work with for purposes of preparing students for the professional workforce, and
  • Participate in program evaluations.

Download the application by clicking here Document is available for download (.pdf). The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, March 31.

Additional Student Opportunities

For information about Keith Sherin International, National Student Leadership, Keith Sherin Global Leaders and the Wolanin Internship, please download the Student Opportunties brochure Document is available for download (.pdf).

National Student Leadership Congress


In 2021, the 32nd annual National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC) challenged 196 TRIO pre-college students from across the United States and U.S. territories to find innovative solutions to today’s societal issues. Selected students served as Members of Congress during the online 5-day leadership experience for first-generation high school students.

COE thanks the counselors, team leaders, and students who participated in its virtual mock Congress and helped make it a resounding success! The students had a week full of team-building activities and met with their Representatives and Senators to share their TRIO stories. Check out some of the tweets from the Congressional meetings at #NSLC2021.

Dates for the 33rd Annual National Student Leadership Congress and application will be released in January 2022.

For more information, please contact Vanessa Ramirez at (vanessa.ramirez@coenet.org).

Thomas R. Wolanin Congressional Internship

Position Summary — The Thomas R. Wolanin Congressional Internship Document is available for download (.pdf) is designed to provide individuals who are in the first generation of their families to graduate from college with an opportunity to observe the federal policy-making process first-hand and to participate in that process

Primary Responsibilities — Researching legislation; attending and summarizing meetings, briefings and hearings; drafting talking points and memos; and providing support to Congressional staff.

Qualifications, Stipend, and Timing of the Internship — For more information about these, please see the flyer Document is available for download (.pdf).

Application Process — Each candidate for the Wolanin internship must be nominated by a current or former staff member of a TRIO program. In addition to the application form, the candidate must also submit a letter explaining his/her interest in policy and in the internship, undergraduate transcripts, a resume, and a letter of support from a faculty member.

For internship questions, please contact Holly Hexter via e-mail (holly.hexter@coenet.org) or phone at (202) 347-7430.