The Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP) offers scholarships to eligible TRiO participants. Scholarships are awarded throughout the region on a rotating basis.
- MAEOPP Board of Directors Scholarship:
2013 Now open! Applications due April 15, 2013
- Ralph J. Pruitt Scholarship
- Silas Purnell Scholarship
- The Dr. Arnold Mitchem Graduate Fellowship (one awarded in specified state) StudentAccess Scholarship
The award amounts for the 2012 scholarships sponsored by MAEOPP are as follows:
- Ralph J. Pruitt Scholarship $1000 (one awarded in specified state)
- Silas Purnell Scholarship $1000 (one awarded in specified state)
- StudentAccess Scholarship $1000 (one awarded for region)
Please visit http://www.maeopp.org/Scholarships.html to learn more about MAEOPP scholarships and to download applications. The 2013 MAEOPP Scholarship applications deadline is April 2013.
The 2012 recipient of the Silas Purnell Scholarship is Jessica Drentlaw, a participant in the TRiO Student Support Services program at South Central College. Jessica is planning to graduate with her Associate of Arts degree in the Spring of 2013 and then transfer to Minnesota State University to major in Anthropology and minor in Latin. She says, “TRiO has guided me to making a decision on my career choice, getting through my classes, applying for scholarships, and for things that benefit me. TRiO has been my support system that has held my hopes up since the beginning of my school career. I believe TRiO has already, and will still help me move step-by-step closer to my career that I am passionate about. It is very important for me to stay in school, and keep my grades up to prove that I can be the best anthropologist that I can possibly be.” After Jessica receives her bachelor’s degree she plans to pursue her master’s degree.
The 2012 recipient of the Ralph Pruitt Scholarship is Andrew Schreyer, a participant in the TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program at the College of St. Scholastica. Andrew, a sophomore studying English, has been an active member of TRiO SSS since his freshman year. He says, “I feel like the luckiest man in the world, because I have the honor and privlege to attend the institution that I am currently attending even though I come from a broken home, and have been living in poverty for my entire life. If I did not have TRiO, one could only imagine where I would be right now.” Andrew is an active member of three different music ensembles on campus, editor of the school paper “The Cable” and also an active participant in the Campus Ministry department.