HEOP Presents Annual Honors


Syracuse University’s Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) presented its annual academic awards on April 19 at Drumlins Country Club.

HEOP is a special admission program for part-time students whose financial and educational backgrounds would prohibit them from regular admission to Syracuse University. Funds from the New York State Education Department enable HEOP to assist students with financial aid and support services to guide them to successful completion of educational programs.

Ten students received bachelor’s degrees and four received associate’s degrees through University College. Academic Excellence Awards were presented to students who completed at least 12 credits in 2012 and earned at least a 3.0 grade point average. Recipients present were Mirsada Alic, Timothy A. Bryant, Nathanael Garay, Jane C. Gardner, Eunice Jones, Krystal Jones, Nancy Legra-Garcia and Denise M. McKee.

Perseverance Awards recognize students who demonstrate exceptional discipline in balancing a commitment to their academics and their family responsibilities while improving their academic performance. Recipients present were Jedidah N. Adams, Chelsea M. Cooper, Kelli Jo Edson, Krystal Jones and Legra-Garcia.

Rosemary Kelly, assistant dean at University College, congratulated the students on their success. “Tonight, while we applaud our students for their hard work and academic achievement, let’s remember how this translates into the very real world off campus,” Kelly said. “Because success is not only measured by grades and degrees, but also by the lives touched along the way, and the knowledge and experience our HEOP students give back to our community.”