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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 8, 2017

Northwest TRIO program receives funding renewal

The United States Department of Education has awarded Northwest Missouri State University’s TRIO program funding that will allow it to continue for another five years.

The funding for the program is approved through 2022. The Northwest TRIO program will receive $368,829 annually through the competitive grant, which totals roughly $1.84 million during the five-year period.

TRIO is a federally recognized educational outreach program designed for students with disadvantaged backgrounds. It serves as an umbrella organization for Northwest programs consisting of Student Support Services, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science. TRIO programs provide valuable, supportive services to students from poor and working families to successfully enter college and earn degrees.

Since 1986, Northwest TRIO programs have promoted educational opportunities while assisting students in their personal journey of earning a higher education degree. The partnerships TRIO has within the Northwest campus community assist with addressing the unique needs of academically capable individuals who are first-generation students and come from families with limited income.

“Upward Bound’s pre-college planning framework assists its students in embracing more intensive academic performance habits to help their transition to post-secondary education,” Northwest TRIO Director Cassie Tavorn said. “This funding makes a very real and positive difference in the lives of our future decision-makers.”

The grant will allow Northwest’s TRIO program to serve 80 students when the new grant cycle begins Sept. 1. 

Northwest welcomed high school students from throughout the region to its campus June 4 as the Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) programs opened their annual six-week residential summer component, which continues through July 15.

The summer programs help students bridge the gap between high school and college while providing an environment for them to experience college life and independent living. The programs assist students with enhancing their academic, social, leadership and cultural competency skills to become forward thinkers in education.

Sixty-four students are participating in the Upward Bound camp and hail from King City, Maryville, Northeast Nodaway, Rock Port, Stanberry, Tarkio and West Nodaway schools. They receive instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign languages as well as assistance with reading, writing and study skills among other subjects.

UBMS is hosting 45 students from 16 high schools in the four-state area of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. It allows students interested in STEM-related career fields opportunities to explore and learn in a highly intensive science-focused summer environment. Students also enrich their social, cultural and leadership skills with the help of high school teachers and university professors. 

To learn more about Northwest’s Upward Bound program, contact Tavorn at 660.562.1861 or via email at, or visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468