Who We Are

The Georgia Asdocistion of Special Program Personnel is a nonprofit organization, established in 1981, dedicated providing 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.


Our organization is comprised of educational access programs like TRiO and other community partners. Federal TRIO Programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans' Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program) help students to overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education.

TRIO services include: assistance in choosing a college; tutoring; personal and financial counseling; career counseling; assistance in applying to college; workplace and college visits; special instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and mathematics; assistance in applying for financial aid; and academic assistance in high school or assistance to reenter high school or college.

The work of educational opportunity organizations has contributed significant accomplishments:

  • an estimated 2 million students graduating from college;

  • the integration of 2,800 TRIO programs into college campuses, serving 790,000 students (two-thirds of whom come from families with incomes under $35,325 — family of four);

  • the establishment of performance standards that are subject to specific outcome measures. Each program's continued funding is dependent upon meeting quantifiable objectives related to college entrance and graduation rates;

  • increased national awareness of equal educational opportunity issues and diversity in colleges and universities; and

  • leveraged $800 million in FY 2013 to support TRIO Programs (up from $174.9 in 1985)


Who Do 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.

Holly Lawrence


Valdosta State University

Director, Talent Search

1500 N. Patterson St

Valdosta, GA 31698

Phone: (229) 333-5463

Fax: (229) 249-2687

Email: hmlawrence@valdosta.edu