The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) provides access for motivated state residents from underrepresented populations and geographic areas that meet the income criteria and exhibit the potential for high achievement. Alumni of the EOF program have many ways to stay connected. From attending events to becoming a mentor, alumni play a vital role in the success of current students.
In partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations, EOF recently hosted a career workshop for recent alumni. Rob Hellmann, a certified Five O'Clock Club Career Coach, spoke about techniques and strategies to identify your unique “brand,” and position yourself effectively for the job you want.
In addition to career and networking events for alumni and current students, EOF hosts conferences to empower young men and women and teach them the importance of a college education, healthy relationships, financial literacy, mentorship and effective leadership.
In November, EOF hosted the Inaugural Young Women’s Leadership Conference, where nearly 500 young women in grades 9-11 from 12 northern New Jersey high schools gathered at the Montclair State University Conference Center. These young women had the opportunity to learn, engage with women educators and leaders and have some fun with their peers.
In the spring, the program hosts the annual Boys to Men Conference, where more than 400 male high school students, mostly aged 15 through 18, can attend workshops about the importance of leadership, good decisions and the importance of an education.
Stephen Hines ’10, an EOF program graduate, spoke at the Boys to Men Conference in 2013 and credits EOF with helping him successfully complete college and start his career. “The EOF program is 90 percent of the reason why I am where I am today,” he says. “I can’t thank them enough.”
The Office of Alumni Relations and EOF host additional events throughout the academic year to bring alumni of the program back to campus to connect with each other and current students, including an annual open house at Homecoming. For more information on how to get involved, visit the EOF website or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4141.