TRIO Achievers » Past Recipients


  • Stephanie Calhoun
    Assistant Attorney General, New York State Office of the Attorney General
    Student Support Services, Medaille College
  • Carol Cheatham
    Associate Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute
    McNair Scholars Program, University of Wyoming
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • LaKiesha Kurtz
    Mechanical Components Engineer, The Boeing Company
    Student Support Services, Saint Louis University
  • Michael Muse
    Co-Founder, Muse Recordings
    Upward Bound, Michigan State University


  • Mildred Edwards
    Executive Director, Kansas African American Affairs Commission, Office of the Governor
    Student Support Services, Wichita State University
  • Cornelius Griggs
    Senior Project Manager and Lead Estimator, The Walsh Group
    Talent Search, Introspect Youth Services, Inc. and McNair Scholars Program, Chicago State University
  • William Sanchez
    President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, CoolChip Technologies
    Upward Bound, Bronx Community College
  • Trinity Thorpe-Lubneuski
    Manager for Government Affairs, Reporting, and Analysis, Comcast Corporation
    Upward Bound, University of Wyoming
  • Lois Vosika-Weir
    Assistant Principal, American Indian Magnet School (PreK-8)
    Upward Bound, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Juan Zalapa
    Research Geneticist and Assistant Professor of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    McNair Scholars Program, Texas Tech University


  • Rodelyn Alcidonis
    Principal Attorney, Alcidonis Law Office LLC
    Student Support Services, Plattsburgh State University of New York
  • Raquel Aldana
    Professor of Law and Director of the Inter-American Program, McGeorge School of Law
    Upward Bound, Arizona State University
  • Alvin Brown
    Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida
    Student Support Services, Jacksonville University
  • Nannette Brown
    Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
    Upward Bound, University of Southwest Louisiana
  • Jungmiwha Bullock
    Chief Executive Officer, J. S. Bullock & Associates — The Brokerage for Dreams and Founder, Multiracial Policy Institute (MPI)
    Upward Bound, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  • Stephen D. Perry
    Principal and Founder, Capitol Preparatory Magnet School; Commentator, CNN; Writer and Columnist, Essence Magazine; and Author
    Upward Bound, Wesleyan University


  • Joyce Bell
    Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
    Alumna, Upward Bound and McNair Scholars Programs, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Quintin Bullock
    President, Schenectady County Community College
    Alumnus, Upward Bound, Prairie View A&M University
  • Robert Jackson
    Councilman, New York City Council
    Alumnus, Upward Bound, Union Settlement Association
  • John MacLean, III
    Regional Emergency Communications Coordinator, Office of Emergency Communications, Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
    Alumnus, Veterans Upward Bound, University of Pennsylvania, and Student Support Services, Peirce College
  • Carolyn Mosley
    Dean, College of Health Sciences, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
    Alumna, Upward Bound, Dillard University
  • Pedro Santiago
    Vice President, ENPULSE Energy Conservation Inc.
    Alumnus, Upward Bound and Student Support Services, University of Connecticut


  • James Bennett
    Executive Vice President and Director of Public Affairs, First Citizens Bank
    Alumnus, Student Support Services, University of South Carolina
  • D. Antonio Bridges, II
    Chief of Staff, Governor's Office of Community Initiatives, State of Maryland
    Alumnus, Student Support Services and McNair Program, Frostburg State University
  • Krystal Brumfield
    Tax and Procurement Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
    Alumna, Talent Search, Southern University; Upward Bound, Southeastern Louisiana University; and McNair Program, Louisiana State University
  • James Doughty-Muñoz
    Reporter, KENS-TV San Antonio, TX
    Alumnus, Upward Bound, Texas Tech University
  • Mariano Mesngon
    Deputy Chief, Analytical Toxicology Division & Chief, Medical Diagnostic and Chemical Branch, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
    Alumnus, Upward Bound, University of Guam, and Upward Bound Math and Science, San Diego State University
  • Jacqueline Reynoso
    President/CEO, National City Chamber of Commerce
    Alumna, Upward Bound Math and Science, San Diego State University


  • Cynthia Azari
    President, Fresno City College
    Alumna, Upward Bound, Huston Tillotson College
  • David Baxley
    Chief Meteorologist, WKSO-TV Channel 8
    Alumnus, Talent Search and Upward Bound, Central Alabama Community College
  • Anthony Chapa
    Director of Business Operations, Special Operations Technology, Inc. and former Assistant Director, Office of Professional Responsibility, United States Secret Service
    Alumnus, Upward Bound, St. Mary’s University
  • Tyrone Flowers
    Founder and President, Higher M-Pact, Inc.
    Alumnus, Educational Opportunity Center, Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley
  • Anastasia Pittman
    State Representative, Oklahoma House of Representatives
    Alumna, Student Support Services, University of Oklahoma
  • Cy Thao
    State Representative, Minnesota House of Representatives; Artist; and Owner, Sunlight Services, LLC
    Alumnus, Upward Bound, University of Minnesota


  • Sharnnia Artis
    Human Factors Engineer, Aptima, Inc.
    Alumna, McNair Program, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Jacklyn Chisholm
    Vice President, Planning and Institutional Relations, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
    Alumna, Student Support Services, Case Western Reserve University
  • Kenneth P. Green
    State Representative (CT) and Social Worker, Capitol Region Education Council, John J. Allison Polaris Education Center
    Alumnus, Upward Bound, University of Connecticut
  • Joseph Little
    Team Leader and Readjustment Counselor, Department of Veterans Affairs
    Alumnus, Veterans Upward Bound, Arizona State University
  • Nicolas Rosario Álvarez
    Associate Professor, Universidad Metropolitana
    Alumnus, Talent Search, Universidad del Turabo
  • Maria Vasquez
    Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives and National Funding, Promethean, Inc.
    Alumna, Upward Bound, Texas Tech University
  • David Yarlott
    President, Little Big Horn College
    Alumnus, Student Support Services, Montana State University–Bozeman


  • Aberdeen Allen, Jr.
    Senior Research Scientist, Colgate–Palmolive, Global Technology Center
    Alumnus, McNair Program, University of Massachusetts–Boston
  • Jennifer Michele Alvarez
    Assistant Public Defender, 8th Judicial Circuit, West Virginia
    Alumna, Student Support Services, West Virginia University Institute of Technology
  • J. Keith Motley
    Chancellor, University of Massachusetts–Boston
    Alumnus, Upward Bound, University of Pittsburgh
  • Tara Ruttley
    Lead Hardware Engineer, Advanced Biomedical Research & Development, NASA
    Alumna, McNair Program, Colorado State University
  • Maude Toussaint-Comeau
    Economist, Microeconomics Team, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
    Alumna, Student Support Services, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • Carlos Valverde, Jr.
    Senior Policy Specialist, Education Program, National Conference of State Legislatures
    Alumnus, Upward Bound, Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • Raphael Warnock
    Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church
    Alumnus, Upward Bound, Savannah State University


  • Leah Carpenter
    President, Leech Lake Tribal College
    Alumna, Upward Bound, Bemidji State University
  • Bridget McCurtis
    Director, Education & Leadership Development, Jackie Robinson Foundation
    Alumna, Student Support Services and McNair, Marquette University
  • Rich Niemiec
    Alumnus, Upward Bound, Purdue University
  • Stephen Pemberton
    Chief Diversity Officer, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion,
    Alumnus, Upward Bound, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
  • Carlos Sanchez
    Assistant Professor, San Jose State University
    Alumnus, Talent Search & McNair Program, San Jose State University
  • Sherry Williams
    Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Halliburton Company
    Alumna, Student Support Services, University of Oklahoma