The TRIO Student Organization invites all BHSU students who are interested in college access and student success to join. The purpose of the club is to facilitate inclusiveness on campus through social interaction and participation in community service activities. The club also helps to promote the federally-funded TRIO Student Support Services program at BHSU. TRIO helps students be successful in reaching their higher education goals through personal and academic support. Meet new friends and help others by joining the TRIO Student Organization.

ASPIRE Membership and Conference

ASPIRE is one of ten regional associations that form the Council for Opportunity in Education, which promotes equal rights and opportunities for first-generation and low-income students, and for students with disabilities. ASPIRE is a professional organization of persons engaged in the administration, recruitment, mentoring, instruction, tutoring, and other support services for eligible students. ASPIRE strives to organize program personnel into a cohesive unit, facilitate open communication between program personnel, and disseminate legislative and Department of Education information to ensure that program personnel are well informed on current issues.

TRIO Participant Membership is $5 per year. Membership is available to TRIO program participants who are supportive of the goals/mission of ASPIRE. Members may have a voice but no vote and may not hold office. SSS students who are interested in membership in ASPIRE should contact the SSS office. SSS students are encouraged to attend the ASPIRE Conference held each year in October if they are interested in the mission of ASPIRE.

National TRIO Day

National TRIO Day has been celebrated every year on the last Saturday in February since 1986. It is "a day on which the nation is asked to turn its attention to the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, to the investment necessary if they are to become contributing citizens of this country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made." (Proclamation passed in the House of Representatives, February 27, 1986.)

In recent years, TRIO students in South Dakota have done a variety of things to celebrate National TRIO Day. They have met with legislators at the state capital to share information about the programs at their schools, their needs, and their accomplishments! They have also done service projects in the community and hosted open houses to educate BHSU faculty, staff, students, and Spearfish community members about TRIO.

First-Generation College Celebration Day

November 8th is the annual National First-Generation College Celebration Day. It is a day to celebrate both first-generation students and the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. What does it mean to be a first-generation college student? It means you are a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. You are the first person in your family to attend a four-year college or university to attain a bachelor's degree. The impact a first-generation student can have on their family's future is beyond measurement. TRIO is a program that came out of the HEA of 1965 to help minority, low-income backgrounds, and potential first-generation individuals gain both access to and completion of higher education. BHSU and TRIO celebrate this exceptional group of trailblazers each year on this day.



SSS Makes a Difference...

"They have been a lifeline for me...SSS is an anchor to a positive and solid way of conquering every obstacle...because of their help I am following a dream with kids that don't always get the best of their academic experience. I would never have been able to work with the Special Olympics athletes or been able to go to NCUR for my research project this last year if it would not have been for their encouragement. It was a remarkable experience that I will never forget. Their encouragement has brought me to a place I never thought I could get to." - Kelly, recent graduate