Famous TRIO Personalities
- Oprah Winfrey, Upward Bound, talk show host, author and journalist
- A. C. Green, Student Support Services, Oregon State University, NBA basketball player
- Angela Bassett, Upward Bound, St. Petersberg Junior College, actress
- Beatrice Berry, Upward Bound, University of Delaware, author, award-winning lecturer
- John Quinones, Upward Bound, St Mary's University, correspondent for ABC news, "Prime Time Live"
- Viola Davis, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Rhode Island College, actress
- Wil Haygood, Upward Bound, Ohio Dominican College, Boston Globe feature writer
- Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, music producers
- Henry Bonilla, Talent Search, former US Congressman, 23rd district of Texas
- Franklin Chang-Diaz, Student Support Services, University of Connecticut, first Hispanic astronaut
- Kevin Shibilski, Student Support Services, University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Senator
- Gwendolynne Moore, Student Support Services, University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Senator
- Rev. James L Nadau, STI, Upward Bound, Bowdoin College, Roman Catholic priest
- Barbara Harmon-Schamberger, Upward Bound, Salem- Teikyo University, General Counsel and Deputy of Securities
- Raul Vasquez, Upward Bound, Laredo Jr. College, University of Houston, Judge
- Belinda Reyes, Upward Bound, Bee Co. College, University of Texas, PhD, Judge
- Victor O. Lujan, Talent Search, New Mexico Highlands, former Executive Director of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, Inc.
- Patrick Ewing, Hall of Fame basketball player and current assistant coach for the National Basketball Association's Orlando Magic.
- Troy Polamalu, all-pro safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers.