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45th MO-KAN-NE
Annual Conference Registration for Regular Rate is Open!
The deadline for Regular Rate is
March 19!

Hello MKN Chapter Members:

The Annual Conference Registration Ticket option for those who are needing to pay by check is now available.

Please select pay in person, if you need to pay by check!

Check Payments are due by March 31. 

Kansas Policy Factbook 2023

This year, MKN will be hosting the 29th Annual Kansas Legislative Breakfast on Wednesday, March 22nd in conjunction with the COE Policy Seminar.  This breakfast provides a time for us to meet with our Senators and Representatives to share the importance of TRIO/GEAR UP programs with our students and to request their support in continuing to fund these valuable programs.  It also provides a time for our Senators and Representatives to listen to stories shared by our students.

MKN Scholarship Fundraising 2023

Pre-Conference Session 

The conference planning committee is excited to bring to the MKN chapter, Mental Health First Aid for Youth, as our pre-conference session.

The University of Missouri Extension is excited to partner with MKN to offer this informative and impactful pre-conference session. 

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2023 MOKANNE (MKN) Scholarships

MKN Scholarships
are Open!!

Click here to apply for the MKN 2023 Scholarships 

MKN provides multiple scholarship opportunities for students that participate(d) in TRIO and GEAR UP programs within the 3-state region. Recipients are recognized for their academic achievements, involvement in their community, and/or their ability to articulate how TRIO/GEAR UP has played a role in their lives.

Call for Proposals
are Open!!

 Call for Proposals 

Click here to submit your Proposal for the Annual Conference!

You are invited to submit a proposal to share your expertise on successful programs and activities; such as,

motivating, engaging, and inspiring employees, strategies to impact students, recruitment, and innovative practices and procedures with your TRIO/GEAR UP and other educational opportunity program colleagues.


The purpose of the workshop sessions is to increase the knowledge of and provide practical tools for the attendees to utilize and that support the work they do with students, staff, colleagues, and within the community.

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.

Become a Member Today!


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



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Our Services

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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