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.
Maritza Machado Williams, Ph.D
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.
Perry Fittrer, Ph.D
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.
Daniel Valle, Assistant Director
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.
Ellen Houston, Director