To provide services that prepare students for post-secondary educational experience; and to facilitate institutional responses to the challenge of serving more diverse populations.


  • Stimulates and educates the general public on critical issues.

  • Sponsors workshops to improve education services in educational opportunity programs.

  • Sponsors annual state conferences.

  • Sponsors a statewide Scholar’s Bowl that includes participation by students from the affiliated Upward Bound Programs.

  • Sponsors a statewide ETS Middle School Academic Bowl that includes participation by students from the affiliated ETS Programs.


  1. To engage in coordinated efforts with other organizations and persons having purposes supportive of or in harmony with NC TRIO.

  2. To promote research, evaluation, fiscal planning, and overall program development that will enable members to strengthen their advocacy of educational opportunities for low-income students.

  3. To encourage the development and expansion of a communication network primarily for those persons professionally involved in educational opportunity programs.

About TRIO

TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Over 850,000 low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities — from sixth grade through college graduation — are served by more than 2,800 programs nationally. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. TRIO programs provide direct support services for students, and relevant training for directors and staff.