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National TRIO Day events set for April 3

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will recognize National TRIO Day with a program and awards ceremony from 3:30-5:30 p.m. April 3 in Davies Center. Awards will be presented to outstanding TRIO students and UW-Eau Claire staff members who have provided exceptional service to the TRIO programs.

TRIO programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Education to promote the academic achievement of eligible students. The programs serve students whose parents do not have a college degree, students from families of limited income and students with disabilities. Program participants range in age from sixth-graders to adults.

UW-Eau Claire currently operates four TRIO projects: Upward Bound, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, Student Support Services and Student Support Services-Disabilities (Project AIM). These projects receive over $1.3 million dollars in federal funding and serve 500 students annually.

TRIO Day activities at UW-Eau Claire will include a reception, presentation and awards ceremony from 3:30-4:40 p.m. in the Dakota Ballroom of Davies Center. Educational breakout sessions for participating students will follow.

The first TRIO programs were established in the 1960s to expand opportunities for students who might otherwise be denied access to a college education. More than 3,100 TRIO projects across the nation currently serve over 812,000 students each year.

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend the TRIO Day activities. For more information, contact Dr. Bruce Ouderkirk, director of Student Support Services, at 715-836-4542 or