National Trio Day

In 1986, Congress passed a bill called the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Act, which reduced funding for all programs in the federal budget, including TRIO. Under the proposed legislation, over 161,900 students and 300 college s would have been eliminated from participating in TRIO Programs during the 1986 and 1987 fiscal years. TRIO leaders asked Congress to proclaim February 28, 1986 as “National TRIO Day” to increase awareness and rally support for the programs. The House and Senate declared a concurrent resolution, which detailed the negative impact of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Act on TRIO Programs. TRIO staff, students and alumni participated in the first National TRIO Day by organizing local political activities that communicated the significance of TRIO Programs to their representatives in Congress and other local politicians.