The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program can be a life-changing option for individuals who never imagined that they would be able to earn an SU degree. It’s not just the financial assistance that makes HEOP a lifeline—the combination of tutoring, counseling, encouragement, and support each student receives goes a long way toward helping them set goals and stay on track to meet those goals. Read what HEOP students have to say about their experiences at University College:

 

Angela Gunn

“You face many challenges as an adult student—it can be intimidating. I’m pursuing my lifelong goal of continuing my education so I can get a job in a profession I really enjoyed rather than just a paycheck. I also wanted to be an example to my children, and have been given the most awesome opportunity in the HEOP program. I can’t be more thankful, and I don’t take this help for granted.”

Angela Gunn

Timothy Bryant

“HEOP has given me the opportunity to change the course of my life. HEOP not only provides the financial means to be able to return to school, it gives students the necessary tools and is a tremendous support system. SU is a wonderful, nurturing environment, and if you invest in yourself fully, you will be astonished by the heights you can achieve.”

Timothy Bryant

Amanda Riccardo

“I’ve surprised myself by how much I enjoy learning new things. Even though I wasn’t the best student in high school, I’ve made the dean’s list most of my semesters at SU. The advisors at University College have been nothing but helpful. They are always so enthusiastic and just want to see their students succeed.”

Amanda Riccardo

Nancy Legra Garcia

“Support from the University College staff gave me an excellent transition. They gave me advice and provided resources like workshops to improve English writing skills. They opened the door to a new way of thinking about how to manage my personal life. I recommend it to anyone—it’s the best investment you can make. University College is your door to a new future.”

Nancy Legra-Garcia

Brianna Adams

“I never in a million years imagined that I would have the privilege of attending such a prestigious university as Syracuse University. Luckily, with HEOP’s assistance, the dedication and support from the UC staff and my fellow HEOP students, and my own commitment to my education, I can secure my children’s future by earning a degree. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for the opportunity I have been given.”

Brianna Adams

Kenisha Woodall

“I grew up in the inner city, and almost didn’t think I’d graduate high school. But I didn’t give myself enough credit. I had to buckle down and really decide that I wanted to make something of my life. I always had a vision that I wanted to graduate from SU, so I set a goal—and it took a long time—but I reached it!”

Kenisha Woodall

Rosemary Perez

“As a wife, mother, part-time caretaker of my mother, full-time employee, and part-time student, there are times I am overwhelmed. But my educational goals are important. Had it not been for HEOP, obtaining an education from Syracuse University would not be within reach. I can’t thank every HEOP staff member enough—they are always helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, and encouraging.”

Rosemary Perez

Jessica Peptis

“The support of HEOP made it possible for me to pursue my dream of going to college. The wonderfully supportive staff helped me balance my life as mother and college student, enabling my success.”

Jessica Peptis

Casey Cecile

“I never saw myself as being able to attend a community college, never mind graduate from SU. UC has enhanced my life in more ways than I can count, from making me the first person in my family to graduate from college to the friendships I gained with UC staff and faculty. My days as an HEOP student gave me the confidence to pursue any dream I had.”

Casey Cecile

If you have any further questions, please contact the HEOP office.

HEOP and its activities are supported, in whole or in part, by the New York State Education Department.


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