Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson) recognized the 50th anniversary of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) yesterday on the New Jersey Assembly floor.
“50 years ago, in 1968, freshman legislator and future governor, Thomas Kean introduced NJ’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF). This proposal grew directly out of the civil rights movement. E.O.F. established many of the strategies which are now regarded as standard practice for NJ colleges and universities. These include pre-college agriculture, basic skills, testing and remediation, peer counseling, peer tutoring, multicultural curriculum and student leadership development. Today, the E.O.F. program serves low-income, first generation students in every county of the state. Today, E.O.F. students continue to demonstrate a commitment, motivation and potential for success. On the 50th anniversary, I recognize this important milestone.” Said Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson)
The Educational Opportunity Fund provides tuition aid and institutional support to thousands of students at 42 participating institutions across New Jersey. The EOF program was created in 1968 to expand higher education access to students that come disadvantaged backgrounds. EOF students have a higher graduation rate than low-income students in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and even students in the New York City university system.