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UTSA TRIO program $4 million grant supports transition to college

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(Aug. 22, 2011)--TRIO Programs, a division of the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives, has been awarded a Talent Search Grant of more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will support TRIO's mission to create smooth transitions between secondary and postsecondary education.

"The Talent Search program identifies and assists first-generation and economically-disadvantaged students in middle school and high school who have the potential to succeed in higher education," said Rhonda Moses, executive director of TRIO. "This mission is accomplished by providing direct program services such as academic, career and financial counseling, and assistance with higher education admission applications, in addition to exposing students to various types of postsecondary institutions."

TRIO will receive $230,000 each year for five years to serve San Antonio -- a total of $1,150,000. Another $1,150,000 will be allocated for programs in the Uvalde and Crystal City areas, also at $230,000 a year for five years. An additional $1,906,305 will be given to serve the Brackettville and Eagle Pass areas at $381,261 each year for five years.

"TRIO Programs are a vital component of our educational outreach programs at UTSA," said Jude Valdez, UTSA vice president for community services. "Through these programs, we provide a bridge to college for many of the areas high school students."

TRIO was the name used in the late 1960s for three federally funded educational outreach programs -- Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services. Later program additions were Educational Opportunity Centers, Training Program for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program.

Currently, TRIO Programs at UTSA include Educational Talent Search (San Antonio and surrounding areas), Upward Bound (North Side and South Side), Upward Bound Math and Science (San Antonio and Medina Valley) and the Ronald E. McNair program.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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