Stockton University, Atlantic City Mayor Celebrate 50 Years of EOF Legislation

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GALLOWAY, N.J. -

It was a celebration 50 years in the making.

On Thursday, July 12th, Stockton University celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) legislation.

The New Jersey EOF provides financial assistance and support services, including counseling, tutoring, and developmental course work to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who attend in-state colleges.

Former Stockton EOF students were on hand for the celebration, including Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam, who reflected on the program and its role in his college experience as well as how those who participate in the program continue to support each other.

"I can guarantee you anyone who's gone through EOF will never have a closed-door opportunity," said Gilliam. "The doors will always be open and you'll always have someone to give you the insight, the information, and sometimes guidance." 

Also attending, were the 135 EOF students in Stockton’s incoming freshman class, who are currently spending five weeks on campus in a special EOF summer program to help prepare them for college.

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