Every year, each Arkansas TRiO program has the opportunity to select one student for inclusion in the Arkansas TRiO Hall of Fame. TRiO programs provide educational opportunities for first-generation, low-income or students with disabilities.
Although individual programs may establish their own criteria to determine their program’s selection, students chosen each embody the spirit of TRiO!
This year, we want to congratulate the 2017 Arkansas TRiO Hall of Fame student selected from Upward Bound at the University of Central Arkansas, Trey White.
Trey was honored, along with the Hall of Fame students from other TRiO programs across the state, at National TRiO Day held Saturday, March 11, 2017 on the University of Arkansas Community College – Batesville campus.
Trey will be graduating this year from Mayflower High School and plans to attend college at UCA. He wants to pursue a degree in Communications or Political Science.
In Trey’s own words, he writes:
“My name is Trey White. I grew up in Mayflower, Arkansas, and have gone to school there my entire life. I am President of Student Council and Book Club, Vice President of the Senior Class and NHS, and Treasurer of Beta Club. Additionally, I have the special honor of being President of UCA’s Upward Bound.
Upward Bound has meant so much to me. As a ninth grader, I didn’t know what to expect. I did not even understand the intricacies of what choosing a college would be like. Upward Bound has helped me grow and understand what a good college should have and what college matches my interests. I honestly can say Upward Bound has shaped me into the person I am. I feel so prepared for college and do not feel as overwhelmed as some other people I know. Upward Bound has made preparing for college easy.
I have been in Upward Bound for four years and have only missed one Saturday Academy. I genuinely enjoy what the UB experience entails. I have met so many great people and experienced so many great things that without UB, I would not have experienced. I am proud to say that UB has given me such great success in high school and for me, someone who comes from a low-income family where no one has ever gone to college, UB helped me realize a generations-long dream. The Bridge program I will attend this summer is the next step in that dream and the beginning of a new and exciting chapter.”
For more information about UCA’s Upward Bound program, visit the Upward Bound website here!