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NEOA Achiever Award

NEOA Achiever Awards are given to outstanding graduates of New England’s regional educational opportunity programs, TRIO and other educational opportunity programs alike. NEOA Achievers are truly worthy of the distinction, as they possess all of the following attributes:

  • They have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

  • They are recognized as a person of high stature within their profession or they have received recognition for their outstanding academic achievements.

  • They are employed above the entry-level designation for their profession or they have received a post baccalaureate degree or are enrolled in a post baccalaureate program.

  • They have made significant civic, community, or professional contributions.

  • Their participation in an educational opportunity program has had a significant impact upon their ability to achieve educational and/or professional objectives (as acknowledged by the participant).

NEOA Rising Star Award

The purpose of the NEOA Rising Star Award is to identify emerging professionals who are former participants of New England's educational opportunity programs. This award allows our region to recognize Rising Stars who have either completed their Associates degree and/or their Bachelor's degree and are just beginning to make an impact in their careers and communities.

The Rising Star Award honors emerging leaders who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and serve as a role model for other low income, first generation college bound students and students with disabilities. NEOA Rising Star nominees should be worthy of the distinction and possess all of the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated excellence, creativity, and initiative in his or her profession.

  • Has an Associates or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and 2 – 5 years professional experience in their field.

  • Engages in or is developing a leadership role in civic, community, or professional development activities.

  • Has participated in an educational opportunity program that has had a significant impact upon their ability to achieve educational and/or professional objectives (as acknowledged by the participant).

Past Award Winners

2014 NEOA Rising Star - Jane-Roberte Sampeur

2014 NEOA Rising Star - Mia Midenjak

2014 NEOA Achiever - Patricia Marshall, Ph.D

2014 NEOA Achiever - Crystal Baldwin

2013 NEOA Rising Star - Damian Ramsey

2013 NEOA Rising Star - Erna Numanovic

2013 NEOA Achiever - Edward A. Cooley

2013 NEOA Achiever - Alberto Alponte Cardona, Esq.

2012 NEOA Rising Star - April Lane

2012 NEOA Rising Star - Tuipate Mubiay

2012 NEOA Achiever - Enid Rey

2012 NEOA Achiever - Emmanuel Lamour

2011 NEOA Achiever - Dr. Elizabeth McCue-Herlihy

2011 NEOA Achiever - Dr. Loretta Carle-Brady

2011 NEOA Rising Star - Dr. Kelly Aremburg