WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today continued to show her strong support for TRIO programs when she spoke to a group of students on the steps of the Capitol. The students were visiting Washington from across the country to share their experiences with TRIO programs.
“It was a joy to meet and speak with students whose lives are being changed through TRIO programs,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “The importance of these programs is clear from the kids’ enthusiasm today.”
Congresswoman Shea-Porter has been a strong and vocal advocate for TRIO and Upward Bound specifically. Most recently, in April she was awarded the Shirley Chisholm Award by the New England Education Opportunity Association (NEOA) for her strong leadership and commitment to TRIO.
The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities as they progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects and a dissemination partnership program to encourage the replication or adaptation of successful practices of TRIO projects at institutions and agencies that do not have TRIO grants.