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Erika Harold

Former Miss America, Erika Harold, to Headline Speech at 2016 National TRIO Day Celebration at Illinois

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) will celebrate National TRIO Day which is a day designated by Congress in 1986 to recognize the Higher Education Act of 1965 and its impact on the creation of TRIO educational programs nationally. TRIO programs focus on improving college access, retention, graduation, and enrollment in graduate school for first generation, low-income, disabled, adult, and veteran students.

Since 1966, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus has sponsored and hosted a collection of TRIO educational outreach, access, and opportunity programs. Currently, the campus hosts four of the seven national TRIO programs which serve more than 800 students through the TRIO Upward Bound College Prep Academy (since 1966), TRIO Student Support Services College Achievement Program (since 1971), TRIO McNair Scholars Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (since 1991), and the TRIO Academic Talent Search College Prep Program (since 2011).

The campus will celebrate National TRIO Day at the Student Dining and Residential Program (SDRP) facility located at 301 East Gregory Drive in Champaign. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. Registration is required for participation. The event will include academic workshops for TRIO students, professional development seminars for TRIO staff, an academic resource fair, creative performances, and a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Erika Harold, the winner of Miss America 2003, a University alumna, and an Urbana High School graduate.

Nationally, TRIO educational programs provide college preparation and assistance to middle to high school students, provide academic retention and support services to college freshmen through seniors, provide graduate school and Ph.D. preparation to college juniors and seniors, and provide college preparation services to adults 18 and over.

“This event is a celebration of 50 years of TRIO programs on the campus and in the State of Illinois. Through our TRIO educational outreach programs, the Urbana-Champaign campus and other campuses in central Illinois have delivered academic support, educational workshops, career development, instruction, academic mentoring and coaching, and cultural enrichment to thousands of first generation and low income students. Here at Illinois, we have provided the same services to students from primarily Chicagoland area, Champaign, Danville, Decatur, Urbana, and Rantoul. We also celebrate the accomplishments of our TRIO alums and acknowledge campus administrators, community leaders, school district representatives, friends and supporters, and faculty mentors who have helped us along the way,” said Wallace Southerland III, the Director of TRIO at Illinois.

Learn more about TRIO educational programs locally at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

To learn more about TRIO programs nationally, visit www.coenet.us.