Morristown, N.J. (April 11, 2018) – "EOF is the very process that got me through college," says Bonayle Norelus,'18, a double major in psychology and business administration. "The advice that I received from my advisors and being part of a community really allowed me to grow into someone I can be proud of."
The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) is a state-sponsored program that provides students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to attend college. On April 5, 2018, CSE's EOF program held a Senior Awards Luncheon to recognize the successes of these students! Each senior received a plaque engraved with their name and class year, and cords to be worn during commencement exercises.
"The partnership between EOF and CSE is so important because it really is all about paying it forward," says Monique Guillory, the vice president of academic affairs. "We want to ensure that our graduates understand the importance of giving back. To whom much is given, much is expected."
Twenty-four seniors in the EOF program are graduating from CSE this year. After earning a bachelor's degree, some plan to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, social work and psychology, while others intend on joining the United Sates Air Force or working for an animal rescue and rehabilitation center.
In addition to Norelus, Katherine Altenor, a psychology major who is attending law school in the fall to become a medical lawyer, also shared her experience in the EOF program.
"If I did not receive a strong structure while I was an EOF student, then I would not be prepared for law school," says Altenor. "In fact, the bad study habits I had before entering the EOF program would have ensured that I would never have even gotten into law school."
"We celebrate with pride the wonderful achievements of each EOF graduating senior and their personal success over the last four years," says Clifford Woodward, director of EOF. "Our wish for you is a life filled with health, happiness, success and the ability to continue to pay it forward."
The seniors who were recognized are: