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About Georgia TRIO

Who We Are:

The Georgia Association of Special Programs Personnel (GASPP) or Georgia TRIO, founded in 1972, is a non-profit organization, made up of educators, policymakers, professionals in the private sector and other individuals committed to ensuring that secondary and post-secondary educational opportunities are appropriate and accessible to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.


GASPP is an organization with over 150 professional members committed to helping students succeed through the TRIO programs.  The Georgia TRIO programs serve approximately 20,000 students and adults statewide.  We receive $12,000,000 annually in federal funds from the US Department of Education to assist us with our goals.  Our students are all ages--from middle school to adults. They typically come from lower income households where no one has obtained a college degree. Our commitment is simple: to help students achieve great things through education. We are proud to serve each student and are eager to serve many more.

Who Do We Serve: 

The members of GASPP work together to serve over 20,000 low-income, first-generation students, veterans and students with disabilities throughout the state of Georgia. As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from families with incomes under $35,325, where neither parent graduated from college. Nationwide, more than 2,800 TRIO programs currently serve close to 790,000 low-income students. Many programs serve students in grades six through 12.

Our Vision:


The Georgia Association of Special Programs Personnel (GASPP or GA TRIO) strives to continue to be the Premier Professional Association by providing effective and innovative opportunities for its members and students by ensuring educational ACCESS through the spirit of excellence.


Our Mission:


The Mission of the Georgia Association of Special Programs Personnel is to provide effective and innovative opportunities for its members and students.

This shall be accomplished by:


  • Fostering and promoting standards of professional preparation

  • Enhancing the training, effectiveness, and recognition of members of the Association

  • Servicing the needs and interests of students, faculties, administrators, and staff.

  • Developing positive program implementation strategies through the collaborative efforts of educational opportunity program personnel.

  • Promoting and facilitating closer linkages among institutions

  • Stimulating and promoting educational experiences, conferences and such other essential related activities. 

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