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NO. R-42.  House concurrent resolution honoring the “Federal TRIO Programs” in Vermont.


Offered by:  Representative Hosford of Waitsfield.

Whereas, facilitating the academic success of students who come from families with minimal economic resources and who aspire to be the first members of their families to attend college is of paramount societal importance, and

Whereas, in order to assist these students on their academic journeys to an institution of higher education and to increase their likelihood of success once they arrive on campus, Congress created the Federal TRIO Programs, and

Whereas, in Vermont, 17 TRIO programs and one GEAR UP program, serving a total of 6,300 students, are operating at seven colleges and at VSAC, and

Whereas, Upward Bound, the original federally financed college incentive program for disadvantaged students, was established in 1965 under the auspices of the federal Office of Economic Opportunity, and in coordination with its much later established companion program, Upward Bound Math Science, helps secondary school students from financially disadvantaged families prepare for college through special classes in various academic subjects, and

Whereas, the Talent Search Program, initially authorized in the Higher Education Act of 1965, assists students early in the college admissions and financial aid process, and

Whereas, the federal Education Amendments of 1968 reauthorized these two original programs, established Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, and united all three under the umbrella of the federal Office (now Department) of Education, and

Whereas, this threesome of special programs for students from low-income backgrounds became known informally as TRIO, and

Whereas, over the ensuing decades, additional programs such as Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, the Ronald E. McNair Post‑baccalaureate Achievement Program have all been added to the TRIO mix, and

Whereas, in 1992, Congress renamed the combined “Special Programs for Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds,” as the “Federal TRIO Programs,” and

Whereas, the “Federal Trio Programs” continue to be a special gateway for helping financially disadvantaged students achieve their higher education hopes and dreams, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor the outstanding work of the “Federal TRIO Programs” in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Rick Williams, director of the Upward Bound program at Lyndon State College.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont