Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program

At Rutgers, we do not want the cost of tuition to be an obstacle for talented students seeking admission to our programs. For this reason, the School of Nursing has developed a flagship Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program, which has helped many qualified students achieve their educational goals and advance their careers. In fact, Rutgers has the only EOF program dedicated solely to a nursing curriculum.

For more than 40 years, the purpose of the EOF program has been to provide opportunities for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in New Jersey to participate in higher education programs. In accordance with state guidelines, the EOF program provides academic, counseling and financial support services to students from low-income backgrounds who are highly motivated and demonstrate potential.

If you are considering applying to the EOF program as a first-year student, please apply as an incoming student and complete the EOF questionnaire portion of the admissions application.

Students currently enrolled at another college at Rutgers may transfer to the School of Nursing as a college-to-college transfer and should identify their EOF affiliation at their sending college.

EOF Student Stories

"As a senior at New Brunswick Science and Technology High School, I had the opportunity to interact with some of the nursing students from the CN-EOF program. They were so intelligent, motivated and encouraging that I knew I wanted to attend Rutgers College of Nursing, but I didn't think I would qualify. Through the encouragement of my guidance counselor and the student mentors from the program, I applied and I am so glad I did. As a student in the CN-EOF program, I receive so much especially in terms of the support classes in the sciences and nursing level courses. These classes make all the difference. I know I would not be in such good academic standing, were it not for the support provided by the CN-EOF program."

- Esmeralda Valle –Alumni, Class of 2007 from New Brunswick, New Jersey

"CN-EOF saw in me what many people didn't; a promising future as a distinguished nurse leader. I even doubted whether or not I could become a nurse. Through their guidance, leadership development, academic support, and encouragement I am well on my way to becoming a professional nurse. I am so grateful to be a part of the CN-EOF program. If it weren't for CN-EOF, becoming a nurse would have been a mere dream that could never come true."

- Kenisha McLennon – Alumni, Class of 2007 from Irvington, New Jersey

"As the first E.O.F. graduate of Rutgers University College of Nursing to receive a PhD in Nursing, I can truly say that the education I received and the experiences I had through E.O.F as a undergraduate and graduate student, laid the foundation for my excellence in clinical practice, education, research and leadership."

- Veronica Clarke-Tasker PhD, RN, MS, MBA, MPH
Associate Professor, Howard University, Division of Nursing

Calendar of Events

Date Event Time Location
1/20/14 Spring Semester Begins    
TBA Drop/Add period    
3/14/14 - 3/21/14 Spring Break    
TBA Last Day Drop "W"    
5/5/14 - 5/6/14 Reading Period    
5/8/14 - 5/14/14 Final Exam Period    
5/15/14 29th Honors & Awards Banquet 6:00pm - 10:00pm Robert Treat Hotel - Tri-State Ballroom
5/21/14 Commencement    
5/27/12 - 8/3/14 Summer Session I    
8/7/14 - 8/13/14 Summer Session II    
7/6/14 - 8/15/14 Summer Readiness Program    
7/10/14 - 8/18/14 Pre-Junior Clinical    

To obtain additional information please stop by the CN-EOF Office in Ackerson Hall room 109.

CN-EOF Computer Lab

The CN-EOF Computer Lab is located in Ackerson Hall Room 109. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm and is exclusively for the use of CN-EOF students.

The lab is equipped with fifteen (15) Dell personal computers which are all connected to RU Net (Rutgers University Network). All machines have full access to the internet as well as Microsoft Office. 

The lab is also equipped with a high performance laser printer for high quality printed outputs. Color printing is also available for students, but is limited to academic work only.

To assist students with computer related questions, a Computer Lab Supervisor is available during lab hours. 

Student Organizations

CN-EOF students actively participate in many student organizations throughout the university. The following student organizations are specifically supported and organized by CN-EOF students:

  • Leadership Board
  • B.R.I.D.G.E
  • Nurse Science
  • R.E.S.N.A.
  • Big Sisters/Brothers Program

EOF Staff

Dr. Valerie Smith Stephens, Ed.D, LCSW
Assistant Dean, Educational Opportunity Fund Program
Ackerson Hall Room 109c
(973) 353.1091

Ms. Anne D'Italia Papianni, BA
Senior Administrative Assistant
Ackerson Hall Room 109a
(973) 353.3846

Ms. Lori Van Walters, BA
Senior Counselor, Special Programs
Summer Program Director
Ackerson Hall Room 117b
(973) 353.3827

Ms. Paula Venable, MA
Senior Counselor, Special Programs
Ackerson Hall Room 117b
(973) 353.3840

Mr. Pablo Gauna
Computer Lab Supervisor

Ackerson Hall Room 109b
(973) 353.3850


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