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Are you a KU TRIO Talent Search alum? If so, we'd love to hear from you! Send us an email with a quick update about college, what degrees you have earned, jobs you have, or how you are doing.

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KU TRIO Talent Search Alumni

David Alberto Nevarez-Saenz

David Alberto Nevarez-Saenz

2019 Sumner Academy Graduate studying Aerospace Engineering at Wichita State University as a Rudd Scholar.

"When I joined KU TRIO Talent Search in 6th grade I did not expect this program to change my life. They allowed me to reach my goals of going to college debt-free through all the one-on-one meetings, financial/college/family workshops, guest speakers, college visits, summer camps/academies, community service, and many more of the free resources! Every single activity taught me something very unique that I eventually implemented in my everyday life. Ms. Dukstein and all of my mentors in the program helped me prepare for college over a span of 6 years and I am extremely thankful for that. Please take advantage of the great team of mentors who want to help YOU be successful! In all honesty, TRIO really works!!
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Kayla Wortman

2019 Washington High School graduate who graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College as a YES Scholar and is pursuing a degree in psychology at Kansas State University.

"I joined TRIO when I was 11 years old. As a 6th grader, I didn't realize how much I would love this program. TRIO has helped make me who I am today. They gave me the skills to navigate middle school, high school, and now college. If I ran into an obstacle, my TRIO mentors were there to help me through it. Whether it was filling out FASFA, transferring, or choosing classes TRIO was there to help."
Ivan Bueso

Ivan Bueso

A 2018 J.C. Harmon High School graduate and KC Scholar who attended Kansas City Kansas Community College and is currently pursuing a degree in Animal Science and Industry at Kansas State University.

"Being in TRIO Talent Search has helped me with my academic endeavors in high school as well as my college education. TRIO Talent Search has bridged me to a better path in reaching my goals to my fullest potential and made me be involved in TRIO throughout my college experience. I am forever grateful for the support TRIO has given me through my education."

Famous TRIO Alumni

As TRIO alumni, you are in good company with noted TRIO participants like Franklin Chang-Diaz, the first Hispanic astronaut; actresses Angela Bassett and Viola Davis; NBA coach and Olympic medalist Patrick Ewing; ABC News correspondent John Quinones; and U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore. TRIO needs all of your voices to speak up about the impact that TRIO has had on your lives.

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National TRIO Alumni Association

The mission of the National TRIO Alumni Association is to promote the critical value of the TRIO program by providing career and networking opportunities for graduates of TRIO programs, mentorship, providing carer information, and advocating for increased public support of the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students and those with disabilities in the United States.

National Association Website