Making a College Degree More Available.

| By Kylie Reaman |

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Scholarship Program is offered to New Jersey residents who are educationally and economically underprivileged, to get the chance to enroll and graduate from college. EOF is one of the most state-supported efforts in the nation to provide a higher education for disadvantaged students.

The EOF program was originally established by the New Jersey State Legislature in 1968. In 2005 it was introduced at Warren County Community College. The EOF Scholarship Program offers financial assistance and support services through counseling, tutoring, and developmental course work according to the State of New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. The grants offered for undergraduate students range from $200 to $2500 annually and financial aid is needed for students who want to be a part of the EOF program. The grant is determined by the type of institution and the financial need of the student.

At WCCC there are usually 50 students receiving the EOF Scholarship per semester but that can change depending on the state funding that the program receives.

Each college and university has a limited amount of spots available for students in the EOF Scholarship Program. The number of students allowed depends on the state funding which can change each year. At WCCC there are usually 50 students receiving the EOF Scholarship per semester but that can change depending on the state funding that the program receives. The WCCC website states that “offering support and encouraging student growth is the goal of this program”.

The EOF Program at WCCC offers several support services including the summer bridge program, tutoring, counseling, and personal, academic, and leadership development opportunities. The program is very structured. Rosy Bido, the EOF coordinator, is very involved with the program. Bido being a product of the program herself said she “always wanted to give back” and by being a part of this program she is able to do so.

There is also an EOF club at WCCC that meets bi-weekly and offers students support as they shift into college life. Not only does the EOF program help the students, but the students help the program by recruiting others to be a part of it. “EOF is a family, everyone helps each other”, stated Bido.

For additional information on the Educational Opportunity Fund Scholarship Program offered at Warren County Community College or an application visit: http://www.warren.edu/eof-scholarship-program/ or contact Rosy Bido at rbido@warren.edu.

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