TRIO Achievers » Current Recipients

Stephanie Calhoun
Stephanie Calhoun

Assistant Attorney General, New York State Office of the Attorney General
Student Support Services, Medaille College

“I know that TRIO helped to save me at a time when I did not even realize I was in such desperate need of support. There were many reasons that I should have failed, but TRIO made sure those obstacles did not get in the way of my dreams.”
Carol Cheatham
Carol Cheatham

Associate Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute
McNair Scholars Program, University of Wyoming

“There were many things that the McNair Program afforded me, but if I had to choose just one, I would say the development and support of my self-confidence was paramount in my achieving my goals. My participation in the TRIO program literally and figuratively means the world to me.”

Carlos Colón Ramos
Carlos Colón Ramos

Chancellor and Associate Professor of Education, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Guayama
Upward Bound, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Barranquitas

“As a first-generation aspiring college student from a low-income and rural family, joining Upward Bound allowed me to meet new people and places and acquire diverse experiences — which represented a big step in my personal and professional growth.
Reynard Eaglin, Jr.
Reynard Eaglin, Jr.

Executive Director, YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and YMCA Potomac Overlook
Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Student Support Services, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

“As a result of my experience with the TRIO programs, I have dreamed bigger dreams for myself, walked through doors that I never imagined would be opened to me. I am a living example that TRIO programs work.”

Dana Hilliard
Dana Hilliard

Mayor of Somersworth, New Hampshire, and Principal of Somersworth Middle School
Upward Bound, University of New Hampshire and Student Support Services, Keene State University

“It was Upward Bound that gave me an enhanced sense of self and helped me to develop the values that guide me each day. It was Upward Bound that started me on that first step in my new journey of a thousand miles.”
LaKiesha Kurtz
LaKiesha Kurtz

Mechanical Components Engineer, The Boeing Company
Student Support Services, Saint Louis University

“TRIO fostered an environment that was conducive to learning. It was instrumental in my success and I am grateful for the resources and support granted to me. I will continue to move forward and reach back to help others along the way.”

Michael Muse
Michael Muse

Co-Founder, Muse Recordings
Upward Bound, Michigan State University

“I can never forget the value my Upward Bound program placed on me. It made a difference. I trace my success to the creation of an environment where I could be my true self. Upward Bound gave me the guidance that brought out the best in me.”