What is TRI Scholars Academy?

All HEOP students are required to participate in an intensive five-week summer program that provides an orientation to life at Daemen and opportunities for personal growth. Students will receive a rigorous educational experience designed to prepare them for the expectations of college life. While the academic focus is on improving basic skill functions in math, study skills, reading, and writing, you will explore themes of self-improvement through a variety of workshops throughout the summer. While residing in the residence halls, students will experience and work through various personal and social demands encountered while in college. Lastly, social outings will provide balance and relief from this intense, academically focused program, offering the students a complete college experience. 

TRI is an acronym for the pillars of HEOP - Trust, Respect, and Integrity - expectations and behaviors that represent our Village. The Academy is an institution of individuals seeking knowledge and membership demands that they TRI.

Since the TRI Scholars Academy is mandatory for all first-year HEOP admits, there is no cost to the student. Books and school supplies are provided by the program as are meals and housing. Students are encouraged to bring spending money for personal purchases. Otherwise, everything is covered except transportation to and from home and campus. Students are responsible for scheduling and paying for their travel to and from Daemen for TRI Scholars Academy.

HEOP TRI Scholars should plan their summer calendar around the academy dates. During the TRI Scholars Academy, students reside on campus and participate in all activities as a community. Family vacations and medical appointments should be scheduled either before or after the Academy dates. The HEOP staff is sensitive and considerate of any learning, health, or religious accommodations needed by students while participating in the TRI Scholars Academy.

The TRI Scholars Academy typically begins after the 4th of July and runs through early August.

HEOP students standing by Buffalo mural
HEOP students at the WNY Independent Living Disability Pride Parade

Community Service at the WNY Independent Living Disability Pride Parade

Esme and Kim enjoying the Bisons baseball game in downtown Buffalo.

Esme and Kim enjoying the Bisons baseball game in downtown Buffalo.

Students enjoy s'mores during campfire binding experience

MMMMM, s'mores!

Summer Program 2015 comes to an end with a big hug
Student participates as actor in improv club
Students assisting each other in trust activities at Camp Keenan
First day of summer program in Canavan Hall
Students at Niagara Rock Climbing
HEOP students enjoying time by the fire pit
HEOP students celebrating on final day of TRI Scholars Academy
Students after volunteering with the African Heritage Coop
HEOP students with their orientation leader at New Student Orientation