TRIO College Programs

Coming Events

COE Summer Book Club

The TRIO College Programs are participating in a Book Club for the second time which is sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education. The book, The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, is a novella telling the story of Esperanza Cordero, a 12-year-old Chicana girl growing up in the Hispanic Quarter of Chicago. The book also features a collection of vignettes around cultural identity, gender, and belonging.

Date/Time: May-August, time TBD

Location: Virtual

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TRIO Summer Scholars

Selected TRIO first-year freshmen are given the opportunity to move into dorm rooms early or commute for a campus immersion experience. This week-long program gives our students a head-start on familiarizing themselves with our Gorham and Portland campuses, the shuttle bus process, new student orientation, workshops, social and community experiences as well as time to gain confidence and develop friendships with fellow students and TRIO Peer Leaders.

All meals and housing for the week are covered by TRIO College Programs as well as any off-campus excursions.

Only TRIO College Program students are eligible for this experience.

Date/Time: August 21 - 25, 2022

Location: Gorham Campus

Apply Now and check Yes for the free summer program. 

TRIO Scholars Online

Selected TRIO students that are new to the University of Southern Maine are eligible for our annual online program. This program introduces our new transfer students to both USM and the USM TRIO College Programs. This free program happens Tuesday evenings in the month of August. It will provide students with USM resources, and network opportunities with USM students, TRIO staff, and faculty to get a head start on academic success. The program is online for the convenience of our working students and will conclude with an opportunity for an on-campus dinner and activity on Tuesday, August 23.

Only TRIO College Program students are eligible for this experience.

Dates/Times: Tuesdays August 2, 9, and 16, 2022 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Location: Online, various platforms will be used

Apply Now and check Yes for the free summer program.