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 430 students, offers dedicated counselors, grant opportunities and other support services to economically and educationally disadvantaged students.
The newest EOF members and their parents gathered in the Student Life Center for a welcome address by EOF Director Richard Morales Wright, who introduced the Brookdale EOF team and explained the unique benefits of the program.
“We are all very excited to welcome you to Brookdale and to our EOF community,” said Wright, a former EOF graduate. “We are here because we want you to succeed. We want you to graduate and transfer to the four-year school of you choice, and go on to a successful career.
“Everything we do on your behalf to support you leads to those goals. Together, we can make that happen.”
The attendees also heard from current student Donna Accoo, who explained how the EOF program had enabled her to exceed her own expectations and chase down her dream of a college degree.
While the parents remained in the SLC for an information session, the students travelled to the Recreation and Events Center for an ice-breaking and community-building event hosted by PlayFair.
Students faced off in a “rock, paper, scissors” tournament and rushed to complete a series of “selfie challenges” with their new classmates, counselors and campus mentors.
In the afternoon students and parents gathered for lunch and a series of presentations on EOF programs and services offered at Brookdale, including the new 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 currently reaches more than 11,000 total students at 41 colleges across New Jersey, click here.
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