Academic and Opportunity Support Programs

Our mission is to help students from middle school through college to overcome class, social, and academic barriers to higher education by primarily helping students who are income-qualified and the first to attend college in their families. We believe all students should have an equal opportunity to prepare for, attend, and graduate from college.

Program Contact:
Maritza Machado Williams, Ph.D
Director
macwilliams@unr.edu
(775) 784-6044

TRiO Students

First in the Pack: Our program is open to incoming first-time, full-time University of Nevada, Reno freshmen and is designed to help first-generation college students succeed in obtaining a college degree.

Program Contact:
Desirae Acosta, Retention Coordinator
desiraea@unr.edu
(775) 682-8943


TRiO Students

GEAR UP: Our goal is to provide continual academic support to first generation students, in the state of Nevada, throughout their middle and high school years, preparing them to enter and succeed in college.

Program Contact:
Emily Crawford, Ambassador
emilycrawford@unr.edu
(775) 682-8943


McNair Graduate

McNair Scholars: Our goal is to provide research opportunities and other related academic experiences that promote the acquisition of the doctoral degree (Ph.D.) for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented University of Nevada, Reno juniors and seniors in an effort to increase the number of underrepresented persons pursuing teaching, research, and administrative careers in higher education.

Program Contact:
Perry Fittrer, Ph.D
Assistant Director
pfittrer@unr.edu
(775) 784-6044


TRiO Students

TRiO Scholars: Our mission is to assist income-qualified, first generation University of Nevada, Reno students to overcome the cultural, academic, class, and socioeconomic barriers to success in higher education through services provided during their entire college career.

Program Contact:
Daniel Valle, Assistant Director
dvalle@unr.edu
(775) 784-6044


Upward Bound Students

Upward Bound: We provide first-generation, income-qualified high school students in the state of Nevada with free college preparatory services and support to develop the skills and knowledge essential for successful admission, persistence, and completion of postsecondary education.

Program Contact:
Ellen Houston, Director
upwardbound@unr.edu
(775) 784-4978