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James B. Hamilton and Thomas G. Mortenson TRIO/EOP Professional Research Award


Dr. James Hamilton (1933-1994) was a strong supporter of TRiO and EOP programs developing research and data to support the importance of programs and services for low-income and first-generation students. Mr. Thomas G. Mortenson is a Senior Scholar at the Pell Institute. He edits and publishes Postsecondary Education Opportunity (PEO), a monthly research newsletter devoted to analysis and reporting on the demographics and socio-political nature of educational opportunity after high school.



One award of $1,000 (non-renewable). The EOA Foundation will make one award for the best proposal by a TRIO/EOP professional  for research consistent with the goals and purpose of EOA. 


Eligibility-Current TRIO/EOP Professional:

(Application may be an individual or a group of professionals)
1.   Be current TRIO/EOP program personnel during the scholarship award year.
2.   Be an EOA members in good standing. EOA professionals may apply on their own 
            behalf. A nominator is not required.
3.   Be conducting research that advances existing knowledge and best practices in 
            college access, equity or completion specifically as it affects TRIO/EOP eligible 
4.  If applicant is not the project director, then a memo from project director affirming 
             applicant’s project must be included. 


The Nominator MUST be a current member of EOA at the time of the scholarship deadline. 

Application Materials: Email packet to directly to

The applicant must submit the following (PDF) materials in order for their application to be considered complete: 

      - Signed Photo Release Form
      - Research Proposal that Includes (5 pages max):

I.      Researcher contact Information (Name, Address, Email, Phone, Institution, 
                        Research Advisor’s Name, Email, Institution) 
II.     Project Title
III.    Project Summary
            IVI.   Background
V.     Aims/Objective 
VI.    Methods/Approaches
VII.   Timeline
VIII.  Budget
IX.    Dissemination plan for research results (including but not limited to undergraduate research forum, online journal submission, McNair Conference, Discipline Specific Conference, etc. )
                X.    Supplemental Materials: IRB Approval, Institutional or TRIO/EOP Director’s Approval,  etc.

-Final Report: submitted by May 15 of the following year with a description of project status, timeline of completion, expenditures and final dissemination.

                  Scholarship Recipients                                  

2020        Peter Jeffy   Academic Program Coordinator-SSS    Kent State University       

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