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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

    March 8, 2016

    TRIO programs celebrate alumni, collect donations during National TRIO Day celebration

    A standing-room-only crowd of students, graduates and families of Northwest Missouri State University's TRIO program gathered Feb. 26 for its annual National TRIO Day Celebration, which honored the first inductees to the Northwest TRIO Hall of Fame.

    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.

    Tyra Penton and Andrew Schmidt are pictured after being inducted into the Northwest TRIO Hall of Fame during the program’s National TRIO Day Celebration Feb. 26. Missing from the picture is Alicia Johnson. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

    Tyra Penton and Andrew Schmidt are pictured after being inducted into the Northwest TRIO Hall of Fame during the program’s National TRIO Day Celebration Feb. 26. Missing from the picture is Alicia Johnson. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

    The Hall of Fame inductees were Andrew Schmidt, a senior at Maryville High School and Upward Bound participant; Tyra Penton, a senior at Bedford (Iowa) High School and Upward Bound Math and Science participant; and Alicia Johnson, a Northwest student, participant and mentor with Student Support Services.

    Additionally, the event featured keynote speakers Kristi Bolen, president of the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Chapter of Educational Opportunity Association, and Anna McDonald, who serves as the organization’s Missouri state representative.

    In conjunction with TRIO Day and its national day of service, Northwest TRIO also conducted a collection for the Nodaway Humane Society. The seven area high schools serviced by Upward Bound hosted competitions during the month of February to collect items and monetary donations. Individuals attending the celebration also contributed by bringing items to drop in the collection bin.

    Northwest TRIO collected enough items to fill the backs of three vehicles in addition to $150 in monetary donations, Tanya Riley, Upward Bound’s coordinator of counseling, said.

    Northwest TRIO will celebrate next year’s National TRIO Day, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

    Northwest’s Upward Bound, founded in 1986, has helped hundreds of high school students realize their goals of attending college and finding success. The program annually serves 80 high school students from seven high schools in northwest Missouri: King City, Maryville, Northeast Nodaway, Rock Port, Stanberry, Tarkio and West Nodaway. Open to students who are in their freshman year of high school or older, Upward Bound helps students build self-confidence while preparing them for the academic, social and cultural challenges of college life.

    Launched at Northwest in 1988, Student Support Services includes a variety of campus programs dedicated to helping students meet their academic needs and successfully complete their undergraduate degrees. The office offers a variety of resources, including peer mentors who have intricate knowledge of what it takes to be academically successful during college and are available to meet with students in need of assistance.

    Upward Bound Math and Science was founded at Northwest in 1990 and is a six-week, hands-on summer learning experience for eligible high school students interested in careers in a math or science field. The life-enhancing college-prep program helps students explore math, science and technology topics while exposing them to a university campus and reducing anxieties about college. Northwest’s program draws students from 18 high schools throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas, who live in campus residence halls while receiving instruction from skilled college and high school faculty.

    Northwest TRIO programs are funded 100 percent by highly-competitive federal grants and are staffed by full-time professionals.

    For more information about the TRIO programs at Northwest, contact Riley at 660.562.1647 or tmriley@nwmissouri.edu, or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/TRIO/.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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