Student Opportunities

National Student Leadership Congress, June 10th-15th

National Student Leadership CongressNational Student Leadership Congress (NSLC) is an intensive, six-day cultural and educational event for Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, and Talent Search students from June 10-15, 2017. Sponsored by COE and hosted at Georgetown University, this event provides students with a model college experience, simulating what it would be like to live and learn on a college campus.

NSLC combines cultural exposure with a special mock congress programming, intended to widen the views of participants and challenge them to become experts on a particular topic in the news. As part of their Washington, D.C. experience, NSLC students take time to meet with their respective Members of Congress on Capitol Hill and visit national monuments. Attendees engage with other TRIO students from across the country while also hearing stories from TRIO alumni who have successfully pursued higher education and exemplary career paths. Overall, students experience a nurturing yet challenging week that promotes leadership skills and personal development.

Please contact Krysti Specht ( for more information on this incredible experience!

Registration is now open for the National Student Leadership Congress. Please visit ( to register your Student Delegates! Don't wait to register your students — this event will fill up quickly!

Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program

Keith Sherin Global Leaders in Salamanca, SpainKeith Sherin Global Leaders' Semester-in-Washington, D.C. — An exciting Capitol Hill internship and study program in Washington, D.C. is available to one outstanding TRIO SSS or McNair students each semester. Students are enrolled at Marquette University's Les Aspin Center in Washington, D.C., take classes two days per week and work in Congressional offices the other three days per week during the 16-week semester. Contact Holly Hexter at ( for more information.

Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program, Spanish Language & Culture in Salamanca, Application DeadlineDec. 16, 2016; Program DatesJune 1 to July 1, 2017.

Every June, a group of 15 TRIO SSS and McNair students has an exciting learning opportunity. You will have a chance to explore Salamanca, one of Spain's most spectacular cities, as you immerse yourself in an intensive, month-long study of Spanish language and culture. You'll study with international students at the University of Salamanca and have the option to live with a Spanish family or with other international students in a residence hall. The program is administered by COE and Travel & Education, a program provider that partners with three universities in Spain.

You must be nominated by your TRIO director to apply to this program. Eligible students are TRIO Student Support Services or McNair participants or TRIO pre-college alumni who are in good academic and social standing with their institutions, have at least sophomore status, and have demonstrated leadership ability and potential. Priority will be given to students who have had at least one semester of Spanish or the equivalent. Your college or university must be an Institutional Member of COE for you to participate in this program.

The Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program brochure can be downloaded here Document is available for download (.pdf) and the application can be downloaded here Document is available for download (.pdf). If you have any questions, please contact Holly Hexter via e-mail (