The College of New Jersey EOF Promise Endowment

For 40 years now the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program has helped assist more than 1,200 graduates of The College of New Jersey realize their aspirations and dreams. EOF alumni currently represent virtually every field of study and walk of life in and outside of the Garden State.

During TCNJ’s Sesquicentennial year, EOF was further solidified at the College with the inauguration of the EOF Promise Award—the first program of its kind in New Jersey. It enhanced EOF by providing funding that bridged the gap between all direct and indirect costs of a TCNJ education.

Studies show that the time of transition from high school to college is when students are most at risk academically. The EOF Promise Award enables students to attend college at virtually no cost as freshmen and sophomores. In subsequent years, work-study, loans, and other funding sources assist them with obtaining a degree. This helps them focus entirely on academic success.

In January 2008, an anonymous donor provided a gift of $1 million to The College of New Jersey, stipulating that as much as $750,000 be directed in support of scholarships for underrepresented groups.

In keeping with that wish, TCNJ opted to create an endowment called the EOF Anonymous Promise Endowment. The endowment establishes a permanent fund whose earnings would be used annually to help EOF students. This fall, seven students benefitted directly from this generosity and foresight through the EOF Promise program.

Already the results are promising:

  • While TCNJ’s EOF program was already one of the most successful in the state, the inaugural EOF Promise class had a nearly 10 percent increase in their retention to graduation.
  • Of the EOF Promise students enrolled in the Fall of 2005, there is nearly an 80 percent retention rate.
  • Among EOF Promise students admitted for the Fall of 2006, 79 percent are on track to graduate within four years.
  • Last year’s freshman class witnessed a 95 percent retention rate into sophomore year.

EOF Alumni Fundraising Committee

Marvin Adames ’94
Arcelio Aponte ’85
Gary Gellman ’89
Carl Gibbs, Jr. ’93, Chair
Noel Gibson ’82
Pauline Gibson ’84
Tracey Harris ’92
Yvonne Harris-Johnson ’77
Jamal Johnson ’01
James Moore ’91
Rasheed Muse ’99
Tracey Overton ’96

EOF Promise Award

The EOF Promise Award was designed to help Freshmen and Sophomores meet the full cost to attend TCNJ.  This scholarship covers both direct and indirect costs, including on-campus residency.  This support allows EOF students to focus entirely on academic success. 

The Boatwright Scholarship

The Fund is created in honor of James E. Boatwright’s 24 years of service to The College of New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund Program.  It is intended to provide in perpetuity a scholarship for a student enrolled full-time in EOF during his/her junior or senior year.  Preference will be given to students who demonstrate academic promise and commitment to the EOF program as demonstrated by service to the EOF community and the College. 

EOF Upperclassman Book Scholarship

The EOF Upperclassman Fund is intended to cover some of the instructional costs including study abroad application fees, assessment fees, books, and other items related to their educational experience.  EOF aims at supporting upperclassmen who in their subsequent years rely on work-study, loans, and other funding sources to assist them with obtaining a degree. 

EOF Emergency Fund

The Fund is intended to support EOF students that may experience an unforeseen and/or significant hardship i.e., loss of a parent, homelessness, while enrolled at The College of New Jersey. Funds will directly support an EOF student to help them stay focused, On Track, and ultimately obtain a degree.

For more information, contact:
Office of Development

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