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Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
SUNY Canton EOP
34 Cornell Drive
Miller Campus Center 234
Canton, NY 13617-1037
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is committed to the recruitment, retention and graduation of students who normally would not be afforded the chance to pursue a college education. Students are admitted who meet specific academic and financial criteria and who demonstrate the potential for post-secondary success. Only first-time college students or those transferring from a similar program are eligible to apply. EOP provides academic support services, personal counseling and financial assistance (including financial assistance in purchasing your textbooks each semester) to New York State residents who enroll full-time. EOP counselors also act as academic advisors to first year EOP students and teach the required EOP course, College Success Strategies, to new students. There is statewide information on EOP available to students and parents in English and Spanish.
EOP Pre-freshman Summer Program
All new freshmen EOP students will be required to attend and participate in the four-week EOP Pre-freshman Summer Program, which will begin July 10, 2017 and end August 4, 2017. Student participants should arrive on campus Sunday evening of July 9, 2017. During the program, student participants will experience an introduction to the campus, departmental resources and the Canton community. Student participants will actively engage in learning components such as a computer literacy, math, writing composition, introduction to Chemistry, introduction to American History, college success skills, and in some workshops and entertaining evening/weekend programming.
It is a requirement of the program that student participants contact EOP to confirm attendance once accepted into EOP.
If you are interested in applying for EOP at SUNY Canton:
Indicate your interest in EOP on the Admissions Application. If you did not indicate your interest in EOP on the application but decide later that you might want EOP, contact our Admissions Office. Your academic and financial records will then be evaluated to determine your eligibility for EOP. You must be eligible both academically and financially to be offered a spot in EOP at SUNY Canton. Therefore, it is extremely important that you follow the steps listed below and on the EOP checklist so that we can determine your eligibility and reserve your spot in EOP before the program is full.
You must complete all the requirements to begin your college career as an EOP student:
- SUNY EOP Financial Information Form
- A personal interview
- EOP Contract before classes begin
- Please carefully review the EOP Applicant Checklist to ensure that you meet all the requirements to begin your college career as an EOP student.
Space in EOP is limited so priority will be given to those students who complete all the requirements early. Students waiting to complete EOP application requirements until June or July could be placed on a wait list or denied EOP for fall if the program is full by then.
The EOP office is located in the Campus Center room 234. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The program is staffed by the Director, three Counselors and a Secretary/Tutor Coordinator. These folks truly go the extra mile to help you have a successful and enjoyable experience at SUNY Canton. Feel free to contact any staff member. You can call using the telephone numbers listed below or just click on the E-mail address after each name. We look forward to hearing from you!
The table below lists financial eligibility requirements for EOP admission for students entering the 2016-2017 EOP income guidelines. Any subsequent changes to these guidelines will be posted here. In order to be determined economically disadvantaged, a student's household income must not exceed the amount shown for its size or the student's circumstances must conform to one of the exceptions indicated.
(including head of household)
|Total Annual Income in
Previous Calendar Year
* Plus $7,696 for each additional family member in excess of eight.
Income Guidelines Do Not Apply If:
- The student's family is the recipient of Family Assistance or Safety Net payments through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; or through a county Department of Social Services; or Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance;
- The student lives with foster parents who do not provide support for college and the student's natural parents provide no such support;
- The student is a ward of the state or county.
Meet the Staff
Miller Campus Center 234 A
Greetings! My name is Debra Joseph-McEwen and I am the new director of EOP! In my previous positions as the Academic Coordinator for the Arthur O. Eve Opportunity for a Higher Education Program, and also as an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Education and Human Development, at the College at Brockport SUNY, I played a role in the academic success of students from diverse backgrounds. I am from Rochester, New York - home of the “garbage plate”, Rochester Red Wings (baseball), Rochester Rhinos (soccer), Rochester Raptors (basketball) and Rochester Amerks (hockey). I am a Brockport alum twice over, have one daughter (Quiana - also a Brockport alum twice over), two grandsons (Quinton and Quincy), one mini dachshund (Tinkerbell) and three cockatiels (Nina, Archie and Edith). I enjoy cooking, singing and spending time with my family. Life is about access and opportunity, and the relationships and connections we make along this journey. I believe we are all here in some capacity to serve; therefore, in my service to students, I endeavor to help them see their true potential, and work toward helping them realize their dreams, goals and objectives.
Campus Center 234 C
Gabrielle started her career in higher education working for HEOP and student life/engagement offices at St. Lawrence University. She most recently was the Academic & Admissions Counselor for HEOP at Clarkson University. She has had the opportunity of working for EOP prior at SUNY Onondaga Community College. It is with great pleasure that Gabrielle is continuing her career working with students, faculty and staff of higher education at SUNY Canton.
Campus Center 234 B
Scott Quinell has nearly a dozen years of experience working with SUNY Canton students. Prior to becoming an EOP counselor, Scott served over five years as the Director of Student Activities and Supervisor of the Miller Campus Center. He is a graduate of Plattsburgh State University and, in 2008, completed his Master’s of Science in Education at SUNY Potsdam. An avid sports fan, Scott enjoys reading, talking current events, trivia, and most importantly, spending time with his wife Susan and children, Emily and Robert.. Scott is the advisor for the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and also the academic advisor primarily to new EOP students headed for Criminal Justice and Business curriculums.
Campus Center 234 C
Hello. My name is Amy Sipher and I joined the EOP team in August 2016. I have worked in higher education for much of my career including both Admissions and Financial Aid at SUNY Potsdam as well as Admissions at SUNY Empire State. I received my Associates degree from Jefferson Community College, my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Potsdam and my Masters degree in Counseling and Human Development from St. Lawrence University.
I believe strongly that a college degree can be a portal for an individual’s long term success. Helping the next generation achieve this dream is something I’m thrilled to be a part of.
I’m a life-long athlete having competed in college sports, and more recently run numerous half-marathons. I enjoy reading, cooking and watching my kids play sports. My husband Justin and I are both natives of northern NY and live in Canton along with our son Cody and daughter Camryn.
Campus Center 234
JoEllen Oshier is the secretary for the office of EOP. She started her career at SUNY Canton in the Student Accounts Office, working with students, faculty and staff; and brings that knowledge and experience with her, enhancing the support EOP provides to students.
She lives on a small farm in Canton where her family currently raise beef cows. She is the mother of a blended family of seven children and grandmother to four. She enjoys Canton and the surrounding area and loves promoting SUNY Canton and the support, services and the dynamic educational programs our school has to offer.