Welcome to our MO-KAN-NE Website! 

MO-KAN-N‚ÄčE (MKN) is the 3-state chapter of the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP), one of the 10 regional associations in the U.S. that form the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). The Council represents TRIO programs nationwide.  

There are 137 TRIO programs in the MKN service region with approximately 39 million dollars going to programs that help serve over 43,000 participants. 

Our Purpose: 

The Mission of the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Chapter of the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel is to:

  • Provide professional development and resources to its members;
  • Provide assistance to income-eligible, first-generation, or under-represented students, students with disabilities and veterans in their effort to gain access to and succeed in post-secondary and graduate education;
  • Provide information regarding issues of equal access to higher education.

What We Do:  

  • Direct communication among individual members and member institutions.
  • Research topics relevant to our mission.
  • Host conferences for members and educational opportunity program allies.
  • Promote professional standards in the field.
  • Promote public awareness of issues important to our constituents.
  • Provide quick, informed and meaningful responses at the state and national levels to issues affecting education for our constituents.
  • Educate state and national leaders to our purpose, importance and impact on the lives of our constituents.
  • Maintain regular communication among members through the MKN Newsletters and Website.            
MKN TRIO Advocacy Handbook
MKN Advocacy Handbook 2014

MKN TRIO Executive Reports 2014
      Missouri 2014 Executive Report
      Kansas 2014 Executive Report     
      Nebraska 2014 Executive Report

MO-KAN-NE is a part of Mid-America Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP). To learn more about our region and to access the website, please use the following link

The Council for Opportunity in Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding college opportunities for low-income, first generation students and students with disabilities. To learn more, use the following



Justin Robinson is currently pursuing a Sport Management degree at Southeast Missouri State University. Justin is originally from St. Louis, MO and graduated from Pattonville High School. During his time at Pattonville, Justin showed his love for sports by being active in football, wrestling, and tennis. He was also a member of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), the debate team and Future Business Leaders of America, which helped him decide that combining business, marketing and athletics is a perfect fit for his plans for the future. With his involvement, Justin was considered a model student and leader.

Justin is recipient of Donald M. Suggs Scholarship, the Cedric the Entertainer Scholarship, the Ryan Howard Foundation award, and the Lester B. Kesterson Scholarship for DECA participants. He is currently the treasurer for the Sport Management Society and interned with the Redhawks Athletic Department during his first semester at Southeast. He is a participant in Educational Access Programs, Student Support Services, the College Access Partnership Award program and FyLP, the First-Year Leadership Program that assists students with developing leadership skills. Although Justin is just beginning his education at Southeast, he is hoping to get involved in more leadership opportunities, student organizations and possibly even study abroad but education remains his top priority.