The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the TRiO Student Support Services program held their tenth annual recognition banquet to honor students involved in the TRiO program. UMFK President Dr. John N. Short provided the welcome address.

The banquet’s keynote speaker was Karen Hadley Keim.  Hadley Keim has worked for the University of Maine’s Educational Opportunity Center and Talent Search programs for 24 years, currently as its director.

Thirty-nine TRiO students were awarded a TRiO scholarship this year. TRiO students were recognized in a number of areas.


This TRiO student was recognized for her exemplary participation in the Student Support Services program, as well as on-and off-campus involvement, has shown skills in leadership, teambuilding, communication, as well as persistence towards his academic goals and success as a student. Jenacie Klinger was named the 2018 TRiO Student of the Year.

The Student Support Services Program’s focus is to insure that their participants have a realistic chance to persist in school and graduate from UMFK. To accomplish these objectives, they provide services to enhance students' academic success, personal skills, and social skills.

TRiO is a nationwide federally funded organization committed to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance.

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