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Former Upward Bound Participant Receives Award
And Invitation to Washington, D.C.

 MAILED:  Nov. 14, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Phillip (Pao)Yang, a student in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Upward Bound program from 1990 to 1993, was presented with a TRIO Achiever’s Award at the regional conference of the Mid-America Association for Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, held Nov. 9-12 at the Abbey Resort in Fontana.

Betty Hanson, former Upward Bound director at UW-Eau Claire, introduced Phillip, who has a master’s degree in higher education counseling and is an academic advisor at UW-Whitewater, before a group of 300 TRIO professionals.

Phillip, who also has been a leader in many civic activities, was honored with two other high-achieving former Upward Bounders. All three award recipients have been invited by the National Council for Opportunity in Education to come to Washington, D.C., in March to discuss with their state senators and representatives the importance of funding TRIO programs.

Earlier this year, Yang also received the State Trio Achievers Award at a Wisconsin Educational Program Personnel awards ceremony in Milwaukee.

MAEOPP is a professional association whose members work with low-income and first-generation college students and students who participate in Educational Opportunity Programs.

The MAEOPP Education Foundation provides scholarships and awards to Trio and Educational Opportunity Program students in the ten-state region served by MAEOPP, which includes Wisconsin. The membership of MAEOPP consists of more than 900 professionals who work at more than 200 colleges and universities and community organizations in the mid-west.

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Updated: November 14, 2003