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MKN Welcome 2

Welcome to TRIO and GEAR UP in Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska!


MO-KAN-NE (Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska; 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 140 TRIO programs in the MKN service region with approximately 40 million dollars going to programs that help serve over 43,000 participants.

Our Purpose:

The Mission of the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Chapter of the Educational Opportunity Association is to:

  • Provide professional development and resources to its members;
  • Provide assistance to income-eligible, first-generation, or under-represented students, students with disabilities and veterans in their effort to gain access to and succeed in post-secondary and graduate education;
  • Provide information regarding issues of equal access to higher education.

What We Do: 

  • Direct communication among individual members and member institutions.
  • Research topics relevant to our mission.
  • Host conferences for members and educational opportunity program allies.
  • Promote professional standards in the field.
  • Promote public awareness of issues important to our constituents.
  • Provide quick, informed and meaningful responses at the state and national levels to issues affecting education for our constituents.
  • Educate state and national leaders to our purpose, importance and impact on the lives of our constituents.
  • Maintain regular communication among members through the MKN Newsletters and Website.

MO-KAN-NE is a part of Educational Opportunity Association (EOA). To learn more about our region and to access the 
website, visit 


The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding college opportunities for low-income, first generation students and students with disabilities.To learn more about the Council, please visit 

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EOA Foundation

The EOA Foundation provides scholarships and awards to TRIO and educational opportunity program students in the ten-state region served by EOA.


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