Project ASPIREE(TRIO Talent Search)

Project ASPIREE is a Federal TRIO/Talent Search program --- Achieving Success through Participation In Reaching Educational Excellence.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Project ASPIREE Talent Search Program is to assist qualified income eligible and/or first generation students to graduate high school and also to complete a program of post-secondary education.There are many challenges for students who desire to go beyond high school and on to college and Project ASPIREE can help. Project ASPIREE is a free national TRiO / Educational Talent Search program with the mission to mentor, teach and motivate qualified income-eligible and/or first-generation students from our target schools in overcoming these challenges. 

Vision Statement

Our vision is to promote education equity in our rural areas. We give Project ASPIREE participants the opportunities, motivation and tools required to plan fulfilling lives in the 21st Century by succeeding in school and planning a college education.

All program services are free to participants and include:

• Career Exploration

• Academic Advising

• Financial Counseling and Literacy

• College Visits

• Social Enrichment/Cultural Activities

• Mentoring and more

Funding

We are a 100% federally funded TRIO program at $291,264 by the U.S. Department of Education and serve nearly 600 students between grades 6 and 12 (ages 10 and 27) at high schools and middle schools in Daviess, Martin and Sullivan counties in Indiana and Lawrence County in Illinois . The most recent outcome study of Project ASPIREE students reveals 99% graduated high school while 81% advanced to some type of post-secondary education.

U.S. and permanent citizens are eligible who meet one of two other criteria: neither parent has earned a four-year college degree or the family household income does not exceed the federal guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education. Also, students must truly desire to do well in school and pursue a college education.

Join today by completing the Project ASPIREE 2018-2019 Application

For the following schools:

Please contact Kim Fields at 812-888-5062 or kdfields@vinu.edu

For the following schools and the Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village:

Please contact Doug Carroll at 812-888-5896 or dcarroll@vinu.edu

Contact Information

Program Director

Kimberly D. Fields

812-888-5062

kdfields@vinu.edu

Office Manager

Ann Mantuano

812-888-5063

amantuano@vinu.edu