TRIO Alumna Viola Davis

MEOC, as a TRIO program, is part of a larger family of similar programs. The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is the national association of TRIO programs. Recently, they introduced a new feature on their website that will highlight notable alums from programs similar to MEOC. This first post highlights actress Viola Davis, who is an alumna from the Upward Bound program at Rhode Island College.

blog-010317When internationally-acclaimed actress Viola Davis gains her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Jan. 5, two special people will be among the many around the world cheering her on: Her older sister, Deloris Grant, and the sisters’ earliest acting coach, Ron Stetson.The federal Upward Bound program links all three.

As teenagers, Deloris and Viola in 1979 enrolled together in the six-week intensive Upward Bound program at Rhode Island College. They did so during the one and only summer that Stetson worked in the college prep, student success program for those who are low-income or “first generation,” meaning their parents did not obtain a college degree.

To read more about Viola and her TRIO experience, go to the COE blog.

IRS Warning of a ‘Federal Student Tax’ Scam

The IRS has put out a warning of a tax scam involving a “bogus student tax.” You can find more information about the scam at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Adminstrators site: https://www.nasfaa.org/news-item/8717/5-31_IRS_Warning_of_a_Federal_Student_Tax_Scam

You can also find more information at the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-warns-of-latest-scam-variation-involving-bogus-federal-student-tax

Remember, if you ever have any questions about whether anything is legitimate or not, don’t hesitate to ask your MEOC advisor!