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SAS EOF 2020 Scholar

Thea Ordonez
Major: Social Work
Minor: Latino and Caribbean Studies
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
Favorite Rutgers Moment: Seeing all the student organizations come together and bring Rutgers to life on Rutgers Day!
Dream/Goal: To be an international social worker
What does it mean to be a Scholar?: I take pride in being an EOF Scholar. The gratitude that I have for my EOF family is immeasurable. Throughout my four years here at Rutgers New Brunswick, they have been my biggest supporters. As a first generation college student, it took a lot of sacrifices, perseverance, and a load of all-nighters to get here. It took everything to be able to tell the world that I will be a first generation college graduate and I couldn’t have done it without my EOF family. Thank you for supporting and always believing in students like myself. I will forever be grateful.


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2020 red blackThe Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program was created, through New Jersey Legislation, in 1968 to provide academic support and financial access to New Jersey residents to attend college. EOF students qualify for the Program on the basis of academic and financial need. The SAS EOF Program is the largest in New Jersey, serving over 1300 EOF Scholars in the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers Business School, Mason Gross School of the Arts, the School of Management and Labor Relations, and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. It is the mission of the Rutgers SAS EOF Program to create an environment, which encourages academic excellence, and introduces students (through educational events, programs, and workshops) to all of the resources and enrichment opportunities that are available to them as EOF Scholars at Rutgers University.