Wanda Hendricks Bellamy-Student Leadership Conference

Virtual Conference

The Wanda Hendricks-Bellamy Student Leadership Conference was established in 1998, by co-founders Dr. Anita Davis-Defoe, the late Wanda Hendricks-Bellamy, and the late Lottie B. Gibson, as an opportunity for TRIO students to enhance leadership skills, engage in civic opportunities, develop themselves professionally, and network with other TRIO students and professionals. 

During the conference, it is our goal to provide quality leadership training and expose students to a variety of opportunities through the reflections of the Arts and networking opportunities with other accomplished TRIO Alumni.

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Fall Conference

Virtual Sessions // Oct. 6-8, 2020

Held each year in October, the SC TRIO Fall Conference prepares professionals and their host institutions with a one day training that prepares them for the academic year and provides the members with updates regarding federal and state governmental relations. The first state meeting of the academic year is held at the fall conference as well.

TRiO Tri-State Conference

April - FL/GA/SC

The TRiO Tri-State Conference is a collaborative effort between Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina and is hosted in the spring of each year. The conference is organized to provide each states’ members with professional and staff development activities that enable them to provide efficient and effective programming for students. The conference also prepares professionals to mobilize their federal and state governments to continue to support our mission as we prepare thousands of students to be contributing members to our states and our nation at large.


Student Initiatives

February - Columbia, SC

SC TRIO Student Initiatives is an annual competition held in the Spring of each year that allow students from each program go head to head in various contests displaying their academic talents. The competition hosts Scholars’ Bowl, an event specifically for Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science Programs, Student Support Services Debate, and Academic Bowl and Hi-Fi Q, an event for Talent Search Programs. Winners of each event move on to Regionals where they compete against other teams in the same categories from the other eight states included in the SAEOPP region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee).