TRIO is a group of federally funded outreach programs that were put in place to support disadvantaged students who want to pursue higher education. Wichita State University sponsors eight TRIO programs, each of them focusing on a specific population and with a unique focus. Read about three TRIO pgorams below:
- Talent Search identifies, prepares, and assists individuals ages 11-27 with applying for financial aid and mentoring; personal, career and academic counseling; exposure to college campuses; and assistance with college entrance exam preparation and financial aid and college admission applications.
- Haysville GEAR UP aims to expand the college-going culture in Haysville School District. By using an empowerment model that recognizes the assets and needs of local communities, Haysville GEAR UP looks to shift the district educational culture.
- Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP (KKGU) provides services to children in foster care, while also serving limited income children who qualify for the program. Kansas students receive educational supportive services annually.
Since 1986, the last Saturday of each February has been designated as National TRIO Day to recognize the efforts of these programs in assisting our nation’s low-income and first-generation college students.