Morristown, N.J. (April 25, 2016) – The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Senior Awards Luncheon was held on April 20, 2016, to recognize seniors' successes. Each student received a plaque engraved with their name and class year, and a blue sash to be worn during commencement exercises.
Fifteen seniors are graduating from EOF at CSE. Of the 15, 14 are planning to attend graduate school and 12 of those will be attending in the fall of 2016.
Dr. Monique Guillory, vice president for academic affairs, remarked, "You are the reason we are here, to get you to this point in your success. I commend you and your families for all your hard work and your success in your future."
Dr. Helen Streubert, college president, also commended the seniors, saying, "You are women of whom we now expect much! You did what was required of you. I can't wait to hand you your diploma as you cross the stage."
Student speaker Renee George, a business major with a communication minor, recounted her time at CSE as part of the EOF program.
"I did not think I was college material, but my high school counselor pushed me to try. Then I went to the EOF summer program, which was not easy! But my advisor helped me through my academic and emotional journeys. I have grown so much. We did it!"
Tamara Parker, a communication major with a minor in English aspires to be a teacher.
"I was the class clown in middle school," she recalls. "But my father was a big inspiration to me because he instilled the pride in being an educated black woman. EOF allowed me to grow and inspired me to help people who are like me – the me I was in middle school."
Florangel Cabrera, student development specialist, invited all the EOF students to join the Educational Opportunity Fund Statewide Alumni Association (EOFSAA) to create and maintain a network of contacts for all EOF graduates.
EOF is a state-funded program to assist underserved and unserved population in poor school districts. The program helps students navigate the academic, social, financial, and emotional journey through college.
The seniors who were recognized are: