The TRiO programs were created to help students overcome the social barriers associated with higher education as a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. Through various legislation, a “trio” of programs including Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services (founded as Special Support for Disadvantaged Students) were founded. There are now eight programs associated with the TRiO program actively helping students, from middle school to college, achieve their educational goals.
Student Support Services (formerly known as the Educational Advancement Program) began at the University of Tennessee in 1978. Over the last 40+ years, the program has served over 4,000 students through various services, opportunities, and resources. In 2013, the program began a Summer Research Institute allowing undergraduate students to get experience working with faculty to conduct research.