University Relations and Communications

Annual TRiO Day set for Friday, Feb. 28

February 25, 2014



Kelly Buck, Student Support Services/TRiO, 657-2162
Carmen Price, University Relations, 657-2269


Free and open to the public; refreshments will be served


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Success in school is the focus of this year’s annual TRiO Day at Montana State University Billings.


TRiO student

MSUB students, college-bound middle and high school students and community members are invited to attend the event, set for Friday, Feb. 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts building second-floor lobby.


Sponsored by MSUB’s Student Support Services, Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound, TRiO Day is a national celebration of TRiO programs and their participants. The federally funded program includes outreach and support programs that assist first-generation, economically disadvantaged and disabled students to obtain an education.


“Because of TRiO, I received the support, confidence and motivation I needed to earn a master’s degree in social work,” Kelly Buck said, who now pays it forward to MSUB students as the director of Student Support Services and the university’s TRiO program.


TRiO was initiated by the Higher Education Act of 1965 during Lynden B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” campaign.  The program represents a range of services designed to assist students with academic promise in overcoming the educational, financial and social challenges that impede college graduation.


Student Support Services serves about 280 students annually while Educational Talent Search serves 570, Upward Bound 75 and Veteran’s Upward Bound 155. All services are free of charge to students enrolled in the programs.


Representatives will be available during the event to offer tips on academic success and information about TRiO programs. Prospective students have the opportunity to learn about financial aid, study skills, tutoring resources, advising and career options.  The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served as well as giveaways and prizes.


Call Student Support Services/TRiO at 657-2162 for more information about programs and the event.  Student Support Services/TRiO is funded through the U.S. Department of Education.


PHOTO ABOVE: MSUB graduate Randa Adams received services through Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services. She is now a master’s candidate at Montana State University.