Educational Opportunity Scholars Program at Drew University is a
partnership between the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education Educational
Opportunity Fund (to be referred to as the Fund) and Drew University. This
partnership relationship between an institution of higher education and a state
regulatory agency is unique in both its character and practice. It is unique because
of its history and the scope of accomplishments that have been achieved during its
thirty year existence in providing access to a college education for disadvantaged
students. It is also unique because it provides its participants with professional
support services along with financial assistance. Other programs in other states
primarily provide their participants with financial assistance as the main source of
support New Jersey's commitment to the complete and total development of its
program participants, over the years, has earned it the distinction of being a leader
in the education of disadvantaged students. Since the Fund's inception in 1968,
well over 30,000 students have earned a college degree or certificate, thus allowing
them to break the cycle of poverty and improve the economics of New Jersey and
The Educational Opportunity Scholars (EOS)
Program at Drew enrolls as a target
goal, twenty first year students per year. These students are required to participate
in our six week Summer Academic Enrichment Program before beginning the fall
semester. For the current academic year, there are twenty two (22) first year
students enrolled through the program. Students in the summer enroll in course
work to assist in their transition and adjustment from high school to college. The
summer program is residential and students are aided in this process through the
assistance of a Summer Program Staff or Peer Counselors/Tutors. Participants in
this year's program earned eight (8) college credits towards their degree and a
grade point average of 2.961.
Overall, the EOS Program at Drew University has been very successful in
accomplishing its primary mission of providing access and opportunities for
students to earn a college degree and to break the cycle of poverty of which
many of them have been enmeshed. [The current average family income for
students in the EOS Program is $15,661 in contrast to the average family income
for New Jersey residents which exceeds $55,000]. In its twenty eight (28) year
history, the EOS Program has assisted over 240 students in earning their degree
from Drew University.
The following information provides a profile of student performance for
completed 1997-1998 academic year:
The Drew Educational Opportunity Scholars (EOS) Program supports talented and
- 95% earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.00; of that group,
58% earned acumulative grade point average of 2.70 or better.
- There was a credit completion rate achieved of 93% [earned v attempted].
- 26 students earned dean's list recognition.
- 12 students were inducted into the Epsilon Omega Psi Honor Society.
- 8 students were honored for their Academic Achievement by the
New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.
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