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2019 TRIO Day Press Release

OKLAHOMA CELEBRATES COLLEGE ACCESS! Oklahoma City, OK—Students, graduates, and staff from TRIO programs across Oklahoma will participate in the 2019 National TRIO Day of Service on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 by gathering at the state capitol to express appreciation to the community for its support, as well as raising awareness, for the TRIO programs. Non-perishable food items will also be collected leading up to the event. These items will be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma at the event.

What is TRIO?
For millions of students from low-income families who strive to be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, eight federally funded programs called TRIO are making a world of difference. Unlike student financial aid programs which help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, the TRIO programs have been providing valuable supportive services to students from low-resourced families to successfully enter college and graduate for over 50 years.
Oklahoma has been awarded 89 projects and serve over 26,000 students across the state. TRIO services include: assistance in choosing a college; workplace and college visits; personal and financial counseling; career counseling; assistance in applying to college; tutoring; special instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and mathematics; assistance in applying for financial aid; and academic support in high school or assistance to re-enter high school. Across the nation more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and community agencies host more than 2,800 TRIO projects that service more than 828,000 young people and adults.
The TRIO programs were the first in the national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America. The Education Opportunity Act of 1964 established an experimental program known as Upward Bound. Then, in 1965, the Higher Education Act created Talent Search. Finally, another program, Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (later known as Student Support Services), was launched in 1968. Together, this “trio” of federally-funded programs encouraged access to higher education for low-income students. By 1998, the TRIO programs had become a virtual pipeline to opportunity, serving traditional students, displaced workers, and veterans. The original three programs have grown to eight, adding Educational Opportunity Centers, Training Program for Federal TRIO programs, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, Upward Bound Math/Science, and Veterans Upward Bound.

Why are TRIO Programs Important?
TRIO programs assist first-generation, low-income students in overcoming the obstacles they face as the first in their families to attend and graduate college. Today, an estimated 5 million students have graduated from college with the support and assistance of TRIO programs across the country. To learn more about the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance programs and TRIO please visit www.odsa.org or send an email to odsaboard@gmail.com.

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