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The MO-KAN-NE 46th Annual Conference "Becoming—Be Brave. Be Bold. Believe.” will be held in person on April 3-5, 2024. 

Our annual conference is a place where we can increase our engagement, learn pertinent skills, be inspired, provide support, network with colleagues, and share our expertise. The annual conference theme is centered around becoming professionals who will be brave, bold and strong believers in the work being done to better the lives for our students and our professionals.

We would love to see you at the conference. You make a difference for TRIO and GEARUP.

Educational Opportunity Association (and MKN) members receive discounted pricing to the conference. In order to receive these discounts, you MUST be a member at the time your register for the conference. Membership information is asked in the registration process.


Conference Registration:

To register for the annual conference click the link below to register for the following options:

Pre-Conference - Dream Catcher Session Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 1 pm - 5 pm

New Professionals Session Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 9 am - 1:30 pm (lunch provided)

MO-KAN-NE 46th Annual Conference April 3-5, 2024 

For additional information about conference registration, please contact the

Registration Chair, Erika Sterup, at 

Please click the link below to find your hotel information and your tentative conference schedule!

MKN Chapter Members: Please click the link below to retrieve your EOA Membership ID and Expiration Date.

MKN New Members: Please click the link to create your EOA Membership account and pay for your Chapter Membership fee.

MKN Pop Up Shop-Support Scholarships

Who doesn't love swag?

Well, do have news for you! With the help of District 20 Supply Company, MKN has created a pop shop for all of your MKN apparel and non-apparel needs. Need something new to wear to the MKN Conference in April? We've got you covered...literally from neck to knee in MKN tees, pants, even hats! 


The best news...

$5 from every item sold comes back to MKN to support our scholarships

The store is only open for a limited time, it closes on February 26, 2024, this will give orders enough time to be processed and shipped right to your door in time for the annual conference in April.

Please note, all sales are final. 

The deadline for purchase is February 26, 2024.  


Providing Professional Development & Resources
to its members.

MO-KAN-NE (MKN) is the 3-state chapter of the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA), 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.

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What We Do

The Mission of the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Chapter of the Educational Opportunity Association is to:

Provide professional development and resources to its members

Provide assistance to income-eligible, first-generation, or underrepresented 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



Jason Strauss
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MKN Board & Committee Chairs

The MKN Board and Committee Chairs are responsible for overseeing the organization’s programs and activities.



MKN provides TRIO professionals with the opportunity to learn from their peers and apply new knowledge and skills that can help them further their careers. 


Student Initiatives

& Scholarships

MKN provides multiple initiatives including conferences and scholarship opportunities for TRIO and GEAR UP scholars within Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska.


Member Resources

This section is designed to provide you with helpful resources and tips to get the most out of your membership investment.


Ready to find out more?

The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

Federal TRIO Programs

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