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The Claiborne Pell Award
The Claiborne Pell Award is established to recognize those rare individuals whose pioneering leadership and vision have made an indelible mark on the struggle for equal educational opportunity. It was Pell's leadership and vision that led to the creation of the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (BEOG). Now called the Pell Grant, the BEOG was designed to be the backbone of the federal government's financial aid program. Pell recognized that the future of the country was dependent on an investment in the development of low income students.
The Pell Award is given to individuals whose work the President and the Board of Directors believe is breaking new ground in the effort to provide greater educational opportunity to people from low income backgrounds. The Board considers the following criteria:
Nominations for the Pell Award will be made by members of the Board of Directors. Awards will be given only in those years where the Board is able to identify an appropriate recipient.
Senator Claiborne Pell
1990 Domenico Petruceli
Shirley Chisholm Award
The Shirley Chisholm Award was founded in 1983 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and active support for the clients served by TRIO Programs. Former Congresswoman Chisholm was a strong and active national advocate for TRIO programs during her tenure in the House of Representatives. This award has enabled our association to recognize the contributions and support of individuals outside the TRIO community.
Previous award recipients have included:
1983 Cong. Samuel Gejdenson
Marion Belgrave - Howard Award
Marion Belgrave - Howard served as the first President of the New England Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, NEAEOPP, (now the New England Educational Opportunity Association, NEOA), in 1976. This award is given to individuals for their "inspiring and enduring contributions toward the achievement of NEAEOPP's (NEOA's) mission and toward the expansion of equal educational opportunity."
1999 Jerry Ellis (University of Maine at Orono)