TRIO programs provide educational opportunities for first-generation, low income and students with disabilities. AASAP members are passionate about helping students meet their potential and achieve their goals.


January 10, 2018

Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful break and are ready for the upcoming year.  I am so excited about the possibilities that a new year brings.  Here I have some updates for the upcoming year.

Constitutional Changes Ballots: Just a reminder that all ballots need to be returned and postmarked no later than January 12, 2018 (this Friday).  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  If you have not received a ballot, please contact me as soon as possible.

TRIO Day:  Big Thank You to ASU Beebe for hosting this year’s TRIO Day Olympics: Go for the Gold!  TRIO Day will be held on February 24, 2018.  Registration will begin at 8:30am and the program will begin at 9:30am and conclude at 2pm with campus tours available to those interested.  Be on the look out for the registration form in next week!  I look forward to seeing all of our students at TRIO Day. 

Hall of Fame:  It is time again to recognize our Hall of Famers!  The Hall of Fame is an effort to showcase the array of students within Arkansas TRIO Program by noting their various academic and civic accomplishments.  Each individual TRIO program can nominate one participant for inclusion in the Hall of Fame.  Hall of Fame nominees will be recognized during the Arkansas TRIO Day Program which will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the ASU Beebe campus.

Please email completed nomination form, student’s picture, and 300 words or less biography to Sharon Scudder at Please make your selection as soon as possible and submit this form no later than Friday, February 9, 2018.

COE Policy Seminar:  The application for the Policy stipend is OPEN! Please click the link below and submit your application for free money to go toward your Policy expenses! AASAP and SWASAP partner to ensure Arkansas TRIO programs are represented on Capitol Hill as we advocate for our programs. Both organizations have pooled money together and every active AASAP member AND/OR Arkansas TRIO alum is invited to apply for this

Policy is a great way to connect with the TRIO cause on the federal level. For more information on this event, please visit the Council of Opportunity's website by clicking this link. Please note, there are registration discounts for newcomers. The SWASAP ELI class of 2015 made a video highlighting why you should go to Policy in Washington DC. Check it out!

The 2018 Stipend application can be found clicking this link. 

The application deadline is January 17, 2018. 

I hope that EVERYONE considers travelling to our nation's capital for this. We are in a crucial time and EVERY TRIO program is on the line, not just EOC and McNair. We need as many advocates and stories we can get. 

 I look forward to serving the membership this upcoming year!  If there is anything that I can do to assist you or if you have questions regarding any of the above information, please feel free to contact me.

 Thank you,

Ronda McLelland
AASAP President


November 28, 2017: Vote on Constitutional Changes

At the fall conference, on October 3, 2017, the AASAP Executive Board received a petition from the membership proposing changes in the constitution. The petition was signed by 81 active members. These signatures were verified by secretary Shawna McKenzie-Neal and given to president Michelle Ciesielski on October 4, 2017. For the following months, the president worked to ensure the most up-to-date constitution was being utilized before any changes were voted on. The 8/20/2008 constitution on the website was found to be the most updated version. The following is the petition that was received:


Petition to strike "Fall" Conference and "Spring" Leadership in the Constitution of AASAP to be changed to "Annual" Conference and "Annual Leadership Institute.

And under Article 7, Section 2 strike "213" (as it already says two-thirds(2/3)).

As stated in the AASAP Constitution, this proposed amendment must be made available to all members at least 30 days before the expected action. This will be done on AASAP's website, social media accounts that direct members to the website, and email.

As stated in the AASAP Constitution, ballots will be mailed to each active member. This will be done via United States Postal Service, as the Constitution does not state electronic mail as an acceptable method. Each member shall indicate "for" or "against," sign the ballot and return it. 

Members are strongly encouraged to review the AASAP Constitution before voting. Please be looking for updates on this issue.

Thank you,

Michelle Ciesielski

2017 AASAP Board Members

The elected officers of this association shall be President, President-Elect, Treasurer, two (2) at large representatives to the SWASAP Board of Directors and two (2) at large representatives to the State Executive Committee.

AASAP Board Members Contact Info (PDF)

AASAP Constitution & Bylaws

We, the members of this organization, do ordain this the constitution of the AASAP – Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs, as the constitution for the members of AASAP - Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs.

AASAP Constitution/Bylaws (PDF)

AASAP Policy & Procedures

The intent of this manual is to provide guidance, stability, and continuity to the Executive Committee of AASAP. This manual may be revised, modified, or changed upon the approval of a majority of the members of the Board.

AASAP Policies & Procedures (PDF)