CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The TRIO Islanders student organization, in conjunction with the Programs for Academic Student Support (PASS) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, held the first ever TRIO Awards Banquet on March 25, to honor more than 60 student participants from TRIO Student Support Services, Student Support Services – STEM, Student Support Services-TEACH, McNair Scholars Program, Title V – Project GRAD, and First in the World. The banquet provided recognition to students who have excelled in their studies, been active members in the program, and to a select few who reached “Superstar” status. TRIO Islander students were acknowledged for their outstanding community service.
“The event really showed me how important it was to continue to put effort into my studies, to work hard, and graduate from college,” said Ivan Martinez, a Student Support Services-STEM participant. “It was a great experience to see my peers also get awards for how much we did to succeed this first semester.”
More than 140 people attended the banquet, including administrators, staff, students, parents, family and friends. Mr. Marcos Bustamante from Representative Abel Herrero’s office also attended. Students were given certificates and the top achievers received trophies for their contribution to the PASS programs.
“My parents came from San Antonio to attend the awards ceremony and it brought tears to my dad’s eyes to see me receive the Outstanding Student award,” says Michelle McGaha, a McNair Scholars program student. “Events like these make what we are doing here on campus more meaningful for our family and friends, especially since my parents did not go to college.”
PASS programs serve the needs of low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students in higher education. One of the main goals of PASS is to increase student retention and graduation. Each of the PASS programs provides a pathway to student academic success.
“It’s great to see how the TRIO Islanders student organization really mirrors what the TRIO programs’ work to promote and try to constantly give back to the community,” said Marisa Scanlon, TRIO Islanders Staff Advisor. “The TRIO Islanders go the extra mile to provide support for the students in the achievement of their educational goals.”For more information on PASS programs and services, go to http://pass.tamucc.edu/.