Recognizing outstanding former TRIO participants is a special event that gives our TRIO community an opportunity to showcase our alumni and their successes. The TRIO Achievers Award serves as a source of pride in knowing that TRIO continues to make a difference in the lives of thousands of first generation and low-income students throughout the AASAP region and the United States.

The TRIO Achiever nominee must:

• be a former TRIO project participant who successfully completed a TRIO program in the AASAP region;
• be a person of high stature within his/her profession or has receive recognition for outstanding academic achievement;
• have made significant civic, community, or professional contributions; and
• acknowledge that participation in the TRIO project had a significant impact in obtaining his/her educational and/or professional objectives.

**The TRIO person making this nomination must be a current member of AASAP**


*The TRIO person making this nomination must be a current member of AASAP.*

  1. Nomination Form completed at

  2. Nominee’s Personal Statement outlining the impact that TRIO had on his/her life completed at

  3. Nominee’s B/W Photo (.jpg format)

  4. Nominee’s Resume/CV (.pdf format)

  5. Professional letter of reference (.pdf format) from someone familiar with the nominee’s work

**All materials (excluding the nomination form and nominee's personal statement) must be submitted via email to trioachiever@arkansastrio by the submission deadline of August 16, 2019. For any questions regarding TRIO Achiever nomination, application, or selection process, please contact Dorothy Standoak at or at 870-235-4373.

PLEASE NOTE: The selected TRIO Achiever is expected to attend the 2019 AASAP Achiever’s Recognition event in Little Rock, AR on October 6, 2019 and the 2019 SWASAP Achiever’s Recognition event in Austin, TX on November 3-4th, 2019. AASAP will provide a travel stipend for the Achiever and work with him/her to make the required travel arrangements for these events.


Past TRIO Achievers

Michelle Henderson

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As a non-traditional, first generation college student, the apprehension to be successful was in full force when I decided after being a stay at home mother for 13 years to pursue my dreams of becoming a nurse. I was nervous about leaving my children, being able to keep up with student’s half of my age in such a competitive field and balancing my time between school and family responsibilities. I prayed daily that my focus and mindset would stay positive throughout my journey. When I was approached by a staff member from Trio student support services, I had no idea that initial meeting would be the beginning of my success on the way to making my dreams my reality. From day one of my appointment, I realized then not only was Trio an organization that would provide me endless opportunities, I was gaining an entire family. From the staff to the other members, we all connect and support each other on levels that I had never imagined. I faced many challenges and successes during my time at the University of Arkansas Pulaski Tech. My Trio family celebrated each and every success and held my hand, wiped my tears and picked me up when I was down during my challenges. I honestly do not know what I would have done or if I would have even continued on without my Trio cheering section. I am now in my senior year of Nursing school and not a day goes by that I do not reflect on my blessings of being a member of Trio. I AM TRIO and Proud.