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TCU TRIO students win national video competition

By Shelley Hulme for TCU This Week

A five-person team of TCU TRIO students has been named the winner of the National TRIO Organization’s video contest commemorating the 50th anniversary of Student Support Services in higher education institutions. The students’ video, Pursuit of HappineSSS, addressed the importance of Student Support Services programs and how TCU’s program impacts students and their families.

Each entry was evaluated for content clarity, creativity, audience engagement and production quality, with 40 percent of the total score equating to the number of YouTube likes. Pursuit of HappineSSS achieved more than 1,300 likes on YouTube to help them win the competition.

The winning students, who will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend the national conference for the Council for Opportunity in Education in September, are as follows:

  • Lea Sandoval, who graduated in May with a degree in education
  • Ariel Leon-Garcia, who graduated in May with a degree in marketing
  • Eric Garza, a marketing and political science major
  • Maria Ortiz, who graduated in May with a degree in biology
  • Daniela Sigala, who graduated in May with a degree in strategic communication

TRIO Programs are federal outreach and student service programs designed to identify and provide college opportunities that motivate and support student participants from disadvantaged backgrounds. TCU hosts two TRIO programs­­­­­ in the College of Education—the Student Support Services program, which serves 160 undergraduates, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, which helps 28 juniors and seniors who wish to pursue doctoral degrees.