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After earning a bachelor's degree in history in 2009, PAIGE FENNELL completes a Master of Teaching in May 2011. She credits the McNair Program, a TRIO program, for teaching her that earning a Ph.D. and achieving her dreams are possible.

Paige first got involved with TRIO Programs through Educational Talent Search in middle school, and in college she worked for TRIO's Upward Bound program, tutoring 9th–12th graders. Her experiences on both sides of TRIO Programs cemented her desire to teach.

She also worked with Dr. Bobby Donaldson on an oral history research project in a Columbia-area community and says it opened up a whole new historical world for her. A high achiever with diverse interests, Paige was encouraged to apply for a James Madison Graduate Fellowship (which she won), and the process taught her "that I can work well under pressure, and if I have confidence in myself, I can do it."

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