Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program

About the Educational Opportunity Fund Program

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Act became law in 1968. As conceptualized by its authors, the purpose of the EOF program is to provide an opportunity for New Jersey students from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the state's higher education program. In over 40 years of existence, the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund has been the single most important vehicle for low income and minority access to higher education.

The School of Nursing EOF (SN-EOF) program was established in 1977 by Dr. Bobbie Jean Perdue. It is the only EOF program in the state that is tailored to the needs of EOF nursing students. In accordance with state guidelines, the SN-EOF program provides financial, academic and counseling support services to qualified students who demonstrate potential and are in need of support.

In its commitment to excellence, the School of Nursing has developed a flagship EOF program. The program is administered by an Assistant Dean and is staffed by an Administrative Assistant, Senior Counselors, several coadjutant faculty, peer tutors, peer counselors, an office assistant, and a Developmental Specialist. The SN-EOF curriculum consists of:

• a six-week summer scholars institute
• concurrent support courses in the Sciences, Math and English
• counseling seminars
• special topic seminars in writing, test-taking and the nursing process
• a pre-junior clinical summer enrichment program
• a NCLEX-RN state board review
• Student leadership development programs.
• Individual and group tutoring and counseling services form the cornerstone of 
our comprehensive, student oriented service model.

The SN-EOF Program consistently receives the highest ratings in the sector among EOF programs statewide according to the Program's Performance Criteria (PPC). The SN-EOF Program is recognized as a national model and has made significant contributions in the retention and graduation of ethnic minority nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level.

Graduates of the SN-EOF Program have assumed leadership roles as professional nurses in urban hospitals, community agencies, colleges and universities and as school nurses. Increasing numbers of our alumni have returned to graduate school and have completed Masters degree programs in clinical nursing, administration, public health and business. In 1996, Veronica Clarke-Tasker was the first graduate to complete her Doctoral degree in nursing, and many others have followed since then.

The most valuable resource of the SN-EOF program continues to be our students. Primarily recruited from urban districts, SN-EOF students represent the finest that New Jersey has to offer. In the spirit of the excellent tradition that SN-EOF students have brought to the school, we welcome you to apply to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Nursing Educational Opportunity Fund Program.

The Official EOF Page of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education


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