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TRiO is a federally funded outreach program. It provides a series of programs targeting eligible students to assist in progressing through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. Individuals must meet income guidelines, come from families in which neither parent has a four year degree and have the potential for success in postsecondary education. 

The University of Wisconsin-Stout hosts three of these TRiO grants.


Student Support Services and
Student Support Services-Disability

The ASPIRE Office provides college level TRiO services through two Federal Student Support Services grants totaling a yearly amount of $576,841. The programs are designed to assist college level students to succeed, enhance campus climate and improve retention and graduation rates. Students are enabled to gain necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in the college setting. Opportunities are available for students to enhance their academic and personal development and participate in enriching cultural, service and leadership experiences. 

To be eligible for the program, students must meet income guidelines (generally PELL eligible), come from families in which neither parent has a four year degree and/or be a student with a disability. Services are provided to approximately 160 students through the Student Support Services-Disability program; and 270 students through the Student Support Services program. For more information, please visit the Student Support Services website, or contact the Interim Directors, Angie Ruppe, ASPIRE Student Support Services, Disability Grant, or Angie Swenson-Holzinger, ASPIRE Student Support Services, Classic Grant,


McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federal TRiO program that prepares students to enter graduate programs and succeed in doctoral study by providing high quality research and scholarly activities during the junior and senior year.  

To be eligible, you must be enrolled as a UW-Stout full-time student (on campus), have Junior standing the upcoming fall semester (completed 60 credits) have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Scholars must also meet the income eligibility and be the first generation in your family (parent or guardian) to complete a bachelor’s degree or be a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate fields (African American, Chicano/Latino or Native American). For complete information, please visit ( or contact:

Director: Sarah Wynn -

Advisor: Jennifer Giesking -