Stephanie Boykin: What does TRIO mean to you?
“TRIO has been a life changer for me. I was forced to grow up really fast and learn to take care of myself. Upward Bound became my oasis. It was a place I could go and not have to worry about anything else. When I became a homeless, independent student during my senior year of high school I really thought college was out of reach. My TRIO family made sure that I never took my sight off of my goals despite my circumstances.
When I got to college they connected me with an SSS program to ensure that I succeeded. I later joined the McNair Scholars Program because I had a taste of success and I wanted more. It is because of TRIO that I was the first in my family to graduate from college! TRIO changed my life and allowed me to give a better life to my husband and son. I am proof that TRIO Works!”
University of Oklahoma
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