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April 11, 2016


Harader-Pate receives Trio Achiever Award


harader-pateBrice Harader-Pate, Upward Bound and Cowley College alumni, ER and Family Health Nurse Practitioner, was awarded the 2016 MO-KAN-NE Trio Achiever Award at the Chapter Banquet in Kansas City, MO on March 31.

MO-KAN-N​E (MKN) is the 3-state chapter of the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA), one of the 10 regional associations in the U.S. that form the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). The Council represents TRIO programs nationwide. There are 137 TRIO programs in the MKN service region with approximately 39 million dollars going to programs that help serve over 43,000 participants.

TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. The MKN TRIO Achiever’s Award is given in recognition of the successes and outstanding endeavors of TRIO alumni from within the three-state chapter and the programs that supported them in their journey to accomplished careers. Each candidate must be a person of high stature within his/her profession and/or has received recognition for outstanding accomplishments.


The candidate also must have made significant civic, community or professional contributions.

Harader-Pate was nominated by Liz Shepard, – Upward Bound TRIO Program Director. She felt Harader-Pate was a perfect fit for this award.

“Brice began her TRIO career with Upward Bound in 2002. Since that time, she has continued, and surpassed, her goal: College.”


Shepard said. “I have seen Brice grow from a shrinking violet into a powerful and beautiful young woman of great character. She shines brightly and is willing to share that light of learning with all she sees.”

After accepting the award, Harader-Pate delivered an emotional, heartfelt, and poignant speech. She praised the TRIO Programs for their outstanding work, not just with her, but with all the students they serve. In particular, she wanted to “personally thank the thousands of TRIO employees and lobbyists that work to ensure student programs are continued for current and future generations.”


Harader-Pate added this, “TRIO programs have been a large impact in my life and many others. Due to Upward Bounds’ impact directly on myself, I have made friends, mentors and lasting memories.”