Tim Chamberlin, director of Counseling Services at Lake Region Union High School in Orleans, received the Carolyn Donahue Friend of EOE Award at the annual Vermont Educational Opportunities Program state conference on Oct. 15 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.
The Friend of Equal Opportunity Education is given annually to a strong supporter of TRiO and GEAR UP students and programs in Vermont, who works in high schools or at institutions of higher education. The awardee works tirelessly to improve access to and success in higher education for low-income and/or first-generation students and students with disabilities, and he/she has made a tremendous impact on TRiO/Gear Up students as acknowledged by professionals and students who have all written letters of support.
Chamberlin was presented the award from Carolyn Donahue who has been a longtime friend of the state's TRiO and GEAR UP programs and was the first recipient in 2012. The highlight of the presentation was the student letter written by Lake Region graduate and UVM freshman Kayla Royer and read by Lyndon State College Upward Bound assistant director Rose Reynolds.
"Since the start of my high school career, I have trusted Mr. Chamberlin in the words of wisdom he has given me. Being a slightly frightened freshman, I did not always know which path to go down in order to assure a successful four years at Lake Region. One of the first and most important things that I talked to Mr. C about was joining Upward Bound. If it was not for him giving me that first set of paperwork to sign up for the meeting or pushing me a little further to get the application done, I would not have been as ready to jump into the program. Who wanted to spend half of their summer at a college doing school work? Mr. Chamberlin bent my mindset about this and allowed me to realize that it would pay off in the end, which it has done more than that. Upward Bound has made me into who I am today and created me into the hardworking individual through my academics and social life. Mr. Chamberlin has a love for Upward Bound and Trio programs, pushing and supporting those involved in them each step of the way."
VEOP, the Vermont Educational Opportunity Programs is the state's professional educational opportunity organization that is actively interested in ensuring equal educational opportunity for Vermont's college bound students. Our students are first generation college bound, from low to moderate income families and/or are individuals with disabilities.
Vermont currently has 14 different Educational Opportunity Programs including one statewide GEAR UP program. Collectively, these federally funded programs serve 11,875 Vermonters and bring in almost $9 million dollars annually to the state. There are seven Student Support Service programs spread throughout the state that serve almost 1,500 students. The four Upward Bound programs serve 300 students statewide. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) hosts the Talent Search program working with 1,000 high school students, the statewide GEAR UP program working with more than 7,500 needy students, and the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), working with more than 1,500 adults.