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Educational Opportunity Fund

EOF is an academic support program, making access to college possible with funding and guidance to students who have grown up in poverty. Through access to higher education we strive to improve quality of life, advance economic promise, and encourage achievement through advocacy and advisement, equipping students with academic, career and social skills to engage fully in life’s journey.

EOF Mission: To provide access to higher education.

EOF Offers:

  • First Experience to assist your entry into college
  • Tutoring to help you achieve at the highest levels
  • Seminars/Workshops/Activities to enrich your experience
  • Advising to provide individualized academic and personal support
  • Leadership Conference to develop skills to direct and guide
  • Financial Aid for summer sessions

We believe in the potential of every student.  EOF enrollment is determined by state funding, apply early.

Eligibility Criteria

Our Process: Complete an EOF Application (below) and contact our office to schedule an interview.

SemesterDependent StudentIndependent Student
Academic Year Fall 2020-Spring 2021DependentIndependent
Academic Year Fall 2019-Spring 2020DependentIndependent

Staff

Laura F. Rickards, Director
Educational Opportunity Fund & The Center for Access and Equity
Phone: 732.255.0400 x2400
Email: 

Yvonne M. Doval Von Scheidt, Assistant Director
Educational Opportunity Fund
Phone: 732.255.0400 x2438
Email: 

Ana P. DeNise, Assistant Director
Educational Opportunity Fund & The Center for Access and Equity
Phone: 732.255.0400 x2103
Email:

Michele Gioxaris, Office Coordinator
Educational Opportunity Fund & The Center for Access and Equity
Phone: 732.255.0400 x2340
Email: 

Theresa Skopkowski, Professional Tutor, Advisor
Educational Opportunity Fund
Phone: 732.255.0400 x2078
Email: tskopkowski@ocean.edu

Stuart Martinsen, Professional Tutor
Educational Opportunity Fund
Phone: 732.255.0400 x2026
Email: smartinsen@ocean.edu

Dan Ward, Professional Tutor
Educational Opportunity Fund
Phone: 732.255.0400 x2026
Email: dward@ocean.edu

Jonas Weissbrod, Professional Tutor
Educational Opportunity Fund
Phone: 732.255.0400 x2026
Email: Jweissbrod@ocean.edu

Rochelle Blum, Academic Advisor
Educational Opportunity Fund
Phone: 732.255.0400 x2026
Email: rblum@ocean.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. EOF will be listed among your other financial aid awards. You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every October to requalify your eligibility for financial aid.

Through a selective process, we look for motivated students with potential as well as the interest and ability to work with advisors, to earn an associate’s degree. We document applicants’ history of poverty. Did you grow up poor? Did your family receive government assistance such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (GA), Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or Work First New Jersey (WFNJ)?

The interview helps us to review your eligibility. It is a chance for us to meet one-on-one and begin relationship building. Working together with an EOF advisor is at the cornerstone of the work we do. The interview last from 45 to 60 minutes. We ask a series of questions. All you need to do is be yourself. We suggest you use the interview to determine if EOF is a good match for you. Does our program support your goals and objectives? Can EOF help you earn your degree? Ask us how we can help.

We take applications throughout the year. Once all supporting documents have been supplied, we review your folder and are able to make admission decisions quickly. You will need 3 years income documentation, both taxable and non-taxable, as well as other documents that help us understand the financial/economic history of your family.

No. As long as you remain enrolled, you do not have to reapply. Remember however, on October 1 to complete your FAFSA for the next academic year.

No. Grants are a form of free monies and do not require repayment.

EOF is a vibrant community. We host a Welcome at the start of each semester; we require tutoring, meeting with your advisor and being engaged on campus. We want you to grow as a scholar and as an individual. We want you embrace the concept of lifelong learning.

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