Promoting Educational Opportunity in New England

NEOA Alumni

In 2005, alumni and professionals of New England TRIO, GEAR UP and other educational opportunity programs created an alumni group. TRIO programs include Talent Search (ETS), Upward Bound, Math Science Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC), Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services (SSS) and McNair.

An alumnus is an individual that has participated in a GEAR UP, TRIO or educational opportunity program in New England or a New England resident who has participated in such a program. We welcome you to join us!

There are several opportunities and benefits NEOA affords to alumni of these various programs. Including:

  • Regional and national career contacts;
  • Invitations to meetings and events for alumni, including the Alumni Reception at the annual conference;
  • Opportunities to talk to elected officials in your state or in DC about your experiences
  • Volunteer, community service and mentoring opportunities;
  • Chance to find out about to informal socials, sporting events and fun activities;

NEOA 2024 Alumni Gathering

We will be having our annual alumni gathering on April 10, 2024 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Burlington, Vermont at 8:30 AM. Click here to register for this event. (Note: This registration is only for alumni who are not attending the full NEOA annual conference April 10-12, 2024.)

NEOA Achiever and Rising Star Nominations

2024 NEOA Achiever and Rising Star nominations are now open! Click here for more information.

NEOA Alumni Directory

The NEOA Alumni Directory helps us to share information with TRIO and GEAR-UP Alumni about events, opportunities, and advocacy efforts. Your help is greatly needed to support educational opportunity programs and we promise to NOT bug you too often with messages. Thank you! Click here to join.

NEOA Alumni Facebook Group

TRIO and GEAR UP Alumni and Professionals have created a group on Facebook. The purpose of the group is to create a professional space to allow past students of TRIO*, GEAR UP and other educational opportunity programs in New England to network, find old classmates, and share career and educational opportunities. In order to join, you need to be an alumnus of the programs and age 18 or over.

If you already have a Facebook account then you can simply click here to go straight to the group site and then click the link to join the group. If you don't have a Facebook account then you will need to create one. It is quick, easy and free. And you can set profile privacy settings as you please and can still join the group. We hope you find the NEOA Alumni Facebook group useful. It will be useful for those of us who work in in TRIO and GEAR UP programs.

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NEOA Achievers

Each year NEOA selects program alumni for the distinguished NEOA Achiever Awards. NEOA Achiever Awards are given to outstanding graduates of New England area educational opportunity programs (TRIO and non-TRIO programs alike). To learn more about the award, go to the NEOA Achiever page.

* TRIO programs include Educational Talent Search (ETS), Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC), Student Support Services (SSS) and the McNair Graduate Opportunity Program.


If you have any questions or would like to join the NEOA alumni committee, contact the NEOA Alumni Committee chair.

This site was last updated on 01/29/2024. Copyright © 2024 New England Educational Opportunity Association

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