Wyman Recognized with TRIO College Access Partnership Award

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On National Trio Day, Wyman was honored to receive the College Access Partnership Award from Southeast Missouri State University’s TRIO and Educational Access Programs. This award recognizes an organization who has partnered with SEMO in support of college access and success.

National TRIO Day, celebrated on February 28th, is an annual celebration to recognize TRIO programs that provide targeted support for first-generation, income-eligible, and students with disabilities. TRIO & Educational Access Programs at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) enhance the academic achievement and educational attainment of all students. The departments and programs span the educational scope from pre-college to undergraduate and graduate programs, assisting students in navigating their educational experience.

“We are so honored to receive this award, which recognizes both the power of our partnership and the success of the young people we serve,” said Christina Donald, Wyman COO. “Through our years of work with SEMO, Wyman youth have had increased access to higher education, opportunities to receive financial assistance, and support to achieve the goals they have for their lives. In turn, they are leaders who contribute to the vibrant SEMO community in many positive ways. We look forward to continuing this partnership for the benefit of all.”

Our partnership with SEMO began in 2011. SEMO offers scholarships to eligible teens in the Wyman Leaders program, as well as academic support, mentoring, and coaching through their TRIO and Educational Access Programs. The Wyman Leaders program begins the summer before ninth grade and works with students through four years after high school graduation. Wyman Leaders teens enroll and persist in postsecondary education at rates that exceed their peers in Missouri and nationally. Wyman and SEMO work together to prepare students for the transition into college, and support students once they begin their journey at SEMO.

“We are excited to celebrate National TRIO Day while recognizing accomplishments by students, faculty, staff, administrators and college access partners like Wyman. We [had] a full house of advocates that promote and support the academic success of Southeast Missouri State University students, and a very deserving group of awardees honored for their commitment to excellence,” said Valdis Zalite, director of TRIO and Educational Access Programs at SEMO.

We are honored to be recognized by SEMO’s TRIO and Educational Access Programs and are excited to continue our work alongside SEMO. Partnerships are critical to the work that we do, and our higher education partnerships allow for deep collaboration, resources, and support that lead to postsecondary success for young people.

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From far left: Sandrea Cogio (Wyman Leaders Class of 2020, Senior at SEMO), Kristin Wheeler (Post-Secondary Programming Coordinator at Wyman), Zuri Jackson (Wyman Leaders Class of 2019, Senior at SEMO), and Allison Williams (President and CEO at Wyman)

Read more about our higher education partnerships:

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