More than 100 local students became part of the Brookdale community June 30, during a special orientation for the college’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program on the Lincroft campus.
The program, now featuring a total enrollment of more than 320 students, offers dedicated counselors, grant opportunities and other support services to economically and educationally disadvantaged students.
The incoming class of 115 students joined their parents and members of the EOF team for a kickoff breakfast in Student Life Center, where program Director Richard Morales Wright welcomed the new students to campus and encouraged them to make the most of their time at Brookdale.
While the parents remained in the SLC for an information session, the students then traveled to the Recreation and Events Center for an ice-breaking and team-building event hosted by PlayFair.
Students participated in a wide range of activities designed to introduce students to their new college classmates, including a quickfire “selfie” challenge and a 100-person “rock, paper, scissors” tournament.
In the afternoon students and parents gathered for lunch and a series of presentations on EOF programs and services offered at Brookdale, including the student-led Rising Leaders Academy and the popular Summer Bridge preparatory program, which provides eligible students with free basic skills training, academic advising, career coaching and other services to help them get a head start on the fall semester.
The all-day event concluded with one-on-one financial aid processing for eligible students and a series of short seminars on financial literacy, career planning and academic skills in the Bankier Library.
Brookdale’s EOF program is open to high school seniors, graduates, GED recipients, current Brookdale students with less than 40 degree credits or transfer students with previous enrollment in an EOF program at another college. Students can complete their college coursework at any of Brookdale’s six locations.
For more information visit the Brookdale EOF webpage. For more information on the state-wide EOF program, which reaches more than 11,000 total students at dozen of colleges across New Jersey, click here.
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