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TRIO Rising Scholars Enrollment Agreement and Community Contract

TRS Program Mission

We believe students from all socioeconomic backgrounds should have equal opportunity to earn a post-secondary education. We assist students in the transition from being a typical college student to a scholar who is well-connected, engaged, and heading down a path of success.

TRS Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will leave TRS with an empowered sense of their own self-identity and greater awareness of other identities enriched through their TRIO cohort and TRIO community engagement.
  2. Students will leave TRS with an increased ability to think critically about how to cultivate a network of connections and about their own role in an organization or community, including the exploration of leadership roles.
  3. Students will leave TRS with greater self-efficacy around their ability to effectively navigate resources and increase their personal resiliency in the face of obstacles.

TRIO SSS Core Values:


  • Go beyond what is required in order to achieve my goals.
  • Demonstrate the energy and commitment to continuously improve.
  • Practice self-advocacy and reach for support when needed

Commitment to Excellence

  • Strive to meet the highest standards of performance in all that I do.
  • Trust my ability to succeed and reach for my goals
  • Pursue my academic goals with passion and enthusiasm.


  • Take personal responsibility for my actions, decisions and their results.
  • Delivering on promises that I make to myself and others.
  • Exercise good judgment in the ways I conduct and present myself.


  • Seek opportunities for self-development and personal growth
  • Challenge myself to transform difficulties into learning opportunities
  • Think critically about my beliefs, views, and ideas


  • Embrace diversity and inclusion by treating others with respect and promoting equity towards all.
  • Communicate honestly and sensitively to promote cooperation and collaboration
  • Serve as someone who others look to as a leader for inspiration, encouragement, and support.

Why a Community Contract?

TRIO pledges to you that we will provide all of our services to you at no-cost and, more importantly, will commit everything we are able toward expanding your learning opportunities and supporting your journey toward earning your college degree. In return, we ask that you take this opportunity seriously and become an active and engaged member of our TRIO community. As a new member of TRIO Rising Scholars, we ask that you commit to:

  • Obtaining my bachelor’s degree within a six-year period of my enrollment into TRIO Rising Scholars.
  • Attending the required TRIO Orientation in the Fall Semester of my first academic year in the program.
  • Attending the TRIO Spring Welcome in the Spring Semester of my first academic year in the program.

TRIO Community Cohort Course:

  • High-School Incoming/First-year Students are required to take and actively engage in the TRIO Community Cohort Course

Meetings with my TRIO Educational Specialist:

  • I will meet with my TRIO Educational Specialist monthly in the fall and spring semesters of my first academic year in the program. I will continue to meet with my TRIO Educational Specialist once a semester each subsequent year until I graduate.

Meetings with my TRIO Peer Mentor:

  • I will meet with my TRIO Peer Mentor once a month during the fall and spring semesters of my first academic year in the program.

I will notify both my Peer Mentor and my Educational Specialist of any changes regarding my academic plans, including change of major, anticipated graduation date, full-time attendance, etc.

I will complete the Financial Literacy component as required by the program.

TRIO Events:

  • I will attend at least one TRIO event each semester during my first academic year in the program, apart from TRIO Fall Orientation and TRIO Spring Welcome.
  • Each subsequent academic year, I will attend at least one TRIO event each semester.

To ensure my academic success as a student, the TRIO Rising Scholars staff may also discuss academic circumstances with other professionals at the University.

I understand that my personal information and circumstances are confidential, with the following limitation required by law:

  • Where there is reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect to children or the elderly;
  • Where there is a concern about danger to yourself or others;
  • Where the TRIO Rising Scholars Program is ordered by a court of law to disclose information.

I will make an intentional effort to exemplify the following TRIO Core Values listed above.

Your photo may be used on our marketing materials, including, but not limited to our website, flyers, brochures, and other marketing materials. 


Please sign below to acknowledge that you have read and understood the TRIO Enrollment Agreement and Community Contract