Oregon TRIO Association


We strive to be a catalyst in Oregon for progressive initiatives that promote educational equity, access, and opportunity for traditionally marginalized student populations. Our goal is to ensure that all TRIO students in Oregon have the resources and tools needed to achieve their full potential.

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Student Stories

Matthew Dressa

Portland State University | Upward BoundĀ & Talent Search

I was born in San Diego, California as the son of two African immigrants. At a young age my family, which consisted of two sisters and my parents, moved to Portland, Oregon to be closer to family. I lived in a house with nearly 10 people. Our family was the one struggling financially. To commence my education, my father enrolled me in a school that was in a neighborhood with individuals from a higher socioeconomic status than I was. I was going to a school where most kids had everything, but I had to work harder than them because I knew that my family did not have everything. Read more