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New York Institute of Technology’s Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a comprehensive program, jointly sponsored with the state of New York, to assist in providing access for all New Yorkers to the state’s private colleges and universities. The Arthur O. Eve HEOP was established in 1969 by the New York State Legislature (Section 6451 and 6452 of the Education Law). The Higher Education Opportunity Program has been in existence at New York Institute of Technology since 1970.
Arthur O. Eve HEOP helps assist students who, because of financial and academic hardships, would otherwise be unable to earn a college degree. An important part of NYIT's mission is to provide educational opportunity to all qualified students, and Arthur O. Eve HEOP helps to make that possible.
Depending on your needs and circumstances, the program can offer you financial assistance for tuition, books, transportation, and some personal expenses. In addition, you will receive academic and personal counseling, study skills training, tutoring, and career counseling from NYIT student services professionals.
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Pink Everywhere Campaign and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, October 20, 2013
The members of Students Working to Achieve Greatness (S.W.A.G), along with representatives of the NYIT community from the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and Residence Life and Off-Campus Housing, painted the town PINK on Oct. 20 at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. For the past two years, S.W.A.G. has helped lead the efforts to raise funds and awareness for this important event, led by President of S.W.A.G. and Resident Assistant Oshane Cooke. In October they kick start the fundraising and awareness campaign with their PINK EVERYWHERE event. PINK EVERYWHERE takes place in the student lounge of the 26 West building a week before the walk, this year on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The students covered the entire lounge in pink. Even the vending machines turned pink for a day! They raised funds by selling baked goods, bracelets, pencils, and their one of a kind pink S.W.A.G. t-shirts. S.W.A.G. had a record turnout this year for the walk with more than 25 students showing up at 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning no less. Congratulations to S.W.A.G. on its continued success with this noteworthy cause.
On July 31, 2013, the students, tutors, and staff of the Arthur O. Eve HEOP Pre-Freshmen Summer Program took to the streets of Harlem to participate in their first group community service project. Accompanied by Dyesha Durm from NYIT’s Manhattan Community Service Center (CSC), the group volunteered their services to the Citymeals-on-Wheels program. Citymeals provides food to homebound, elderly New Yorkers in the form of cooked meals, as well as pantry bags of nonperishable foods to stock their kitchens throughout the week. The HEOP students were divided into smaller groups and given routes to deliver pantry bags to waiting clients in the area. Loaded up with bags packed full of various boxes and cans, the teams set out with their maps and rang doorbells and buzzers until each bag had reached its destination. Though a few clients were not home, the students followed the instructions of Vivienne O’Neill, director of volunteer programs, and gave these unclaimed bags to the homeless. Combined, the groups trekked through nearly ten miles of Manhattan on behalf of the Citymeals organization.
The students left the experience feeling tired but accomplished. Everyone was glad to have done something to help another human being in need. The students reflected on the experience later on that week, sharing their thoughts and feelings. They spoke about the challenges they faced and the highlights of the activity. One student fondly recalled a very chatty client who exclaimed that she was “96 years old and still looking good!” Mimma Najnin, said afterwards that, “it made me realize the problems I face are nothing compared to what others face on a daily basis.” Another student, Bryan Diaz said that volunteering made him, “realize such a small deed means the world to someone less fortunate. We can be so picky and wasteful; we don’t know what we have until it is taken away.” The activity also made the students look at the larger problems in society that contribute to certain people being hungry, like economic inequality and waste. These are certainly not problems that cannot be tackled in a day, but it was good to see these issues on the mind of the incoming freshmen. The HEOP students are eager to participate in more activities like this in the near future.