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A TRIO Achiever is an outstanding former TRIO participant that has received recognition within his/her profession or for outstanding academic achievement. They are individuals who have made significant civic, community, or professional contributions.

Greetings TRIO NM!

The TRIO NM Achiever Nomination application period has been extended! Please nominate an exceptional alumnus from your program who has gone above and beyond to contribute to their communities for the 2024 TRIO NM Achiever award March 5, 2024. Specific date TBA.


Applicants must:

●          Have been a TRIO participant within Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services or Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

●          Demonstrate how TRIO impacted their lives

●          Demonstrate leadership qualities


A typed essay between 300 – 500 words, double-spaced, expressing reasons for selection of this individual for nomination.  Must include the impact this individual has had in TRIO community and how TRIO benefited them in their career/life goals.


There are separate sections for the nominator and nominee to fill out, but both will use the same link here

We would love if nominees are able to attend the TRIO Achiever session in person, but we unfortunately do not have a budget for travel/lodging at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact Sophia Francisco  at

Thank you for all the amazing work you do to make TRIO programs work!

2023 Achievers

Oscar Olivas - TRIO New Mexico Achiever

Oscar Olivas is a Network Engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Oscar is the son of immigrant parents and was the first in his family to graduate high school and attain a post-secondary degree. He graduated from El Paso Community College before recieving a Bachelor of Information Engineering Techonology from Mew Mexico State University.

Despite only achieving a middle school education, his parents encouraged him to pursue a higher education. The role of family is vital to him, and he is eternally grateful to his parents who supported him and sacrificed for him to be where he is today.

Oscar has been part of the TRIO program since middle school and continues to be part of the program as an alumnus. TRIO helped him fill the gaps that his parents could not when it came to applying to college and figuring out how to pay for it. To give back to the community that helped him, he helps others apply to LANL and help them in answering any questions they may have.

He believes that pursuing an education past high school, including trade school, is essential to just survive in this day and age. His parents always told him that to make something of yourself, you need a career, you can accomplish something, and to do that, you need and education.

Dr. Leslie Yingling - SWASAP TRIO Achiever-Arkansas

Associate Dean of Students-Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives

University of Arkansas-Alumna of Talent Search and Upward Bound

Dr. Angelle Guillard - SWASAP TRIO Achiever-Louisiana


Southeastern Louisiana University-Alumna of Upward Bound Math & Science

Erica Pogue - SWASAP TRIO Achiever-Oklahoma

Associate Director, INCA Community Services Inc.

Atoka City Council Member

Southeastern Oklahoma State University-Educational Opportunity Center

Lesia L. Crumpton-Young, PhD, MBA -  SWASAP TRIO Achiever-Texas

President and CEO Greatness Gurus Corporation

13th President of Texas Southern University-Retired

Texas State University-Upward Bound

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