TRIO Success Stories

Ellie JennigesEllie Jenniges attended Humboldt High School and graduated in 2007. She started participating in TRIO ETS and the Mentoring program in 9th grade.  Ellie went on mentoring field trips with ETS to visit colleges and gain more perspective on the college scene.  She feels that the staff were great and were there to answer so many of her questions, and taught her so much about college how important it is and how to be successful.   “I wouldn’t of even known where to start when it came to planning for my future it is wasn’t for those fantastic people!”… for Ellie’s complete story Click here

ETS Success Story-Nadvia Davis Photo

Nadvia Davis graduated from North Community High School in Minneapolis in 2007.  She started participating in TRIO Educational Talent Search while in the 6th grade.  Nadvia  was able to go on college visits with the ETS program and ending up attending one of the colleges that she visited, Gustavas.  She loved the program and …for Nadvia’s complete story Click here



Neenah Yang

Neenah Yang’s involvement in TRIO began when she entered 9th grade at Washburn High School and for the past six years, she has been a model TRIO student. Her boundless energy and enthusiasm have infused all the programs in which she has participated. In 9th grade, Neenah joined St. Olaf Educational Talent Search, but she wasn’t sold on the idea of the program. At first she didn’t take it seriously, but by her sophomore year she realized, “This could be really good for me” . . . for Neenah’s complete story, click here.


Jay Rattanavong first became involved in the St. Olaf Educational Talent Search program as a 9th grade student at Minneapolis Washburn High School.  Jay enjoyed participating in many program workshops and activities.  He especially enjoyed seeing that TRIO Programs existed at other schools as well when he participated in Saturday ACT preparation classes and attended the ETS senior banquet with students from Minneapolis North and St. Paul Humboldt High Schools.  These experiences Jay Rhelped Jay see that TRIO was much bigger than the program he participated in at Washburn. . . . . . for Jay’s complete story, click here.

Penny Vue began participating in TRIO ETS in the 7th grade at Humboldt High School. She continued her involvement with TRIO ETS until she graduated from Humboldt in 2014. While in ETS, Penny participated in the St. Olaf mentoring program where she was mentored by a St. Olaf College student who provided her with advice and guidance on how to prepare for college. Penny also attended college visits with ETS, two of them being St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota. “I love ETS. The staff is awesome and they always want the best for their students”…for Penny’s complete story, click here.

Penny Vue