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Educational Opportunity Program (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.

All new freshmen EOP students will be required to attend and participate in an extended EOP orientation which begins in July. You will be introduced to the campus, review basic computer, math, and college success skills, participate in some workshops and entertaining evening programming. You will be required to contact EOP to confirm your attendance once accepted into EOP.

SunA tentative summer program schedule will be posted June 1, 2016.

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 the SUNY EOP Financial Information Form. All new and transfer students must complete an autobiography, a personal interview, and an 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!

Income Guidelines

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.

Household Size
(including head of household)
Total Annual Income in
Previous Calendar Year
1 $21,978
2 $29,637
3 $37,296
4 $44,955
5 $52,614
6 $60,273
7 $67,951
8 $75,647*

* 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

Debra Joseph-McEwen

Debra Joseph-McEwen

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.

Sabel Bong

Sabel Bong

Miller Campus Center 234 C
(315) 386-7113

Sabel Bong began working at SUNY Canton in 2007 in the Admissions office before moving to EOP in 2011. He was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and raised in Lansing, NY. Sabel attended the University at Albany, SUNY and earned his bachelors degree in Business Administration and minored in History. He completed his graduate work at the University at Albany, SUNY, earning his Masters in History and General Education Studies (Social Studies grades 7-12). Sabel is academic advisor primarily to new EOP students headed for Liberal Studies and Engineering Technology curriculums.

Sabel is really excited to work with such passionate students, and dedicated faculty and staff. He enjoys playing sports, attending Canton basketball games, keeping up with current events, watching movies based on history, community service/activism, and spending time with his wife Marvena.

Sabel believes that in order to know where you are going, you need to know where you came from. Only in understanding one’s identity can one truly appreciate the present and the future.

Scott Quinell

Scott Quinell

Campus Center 234 B

The newest addition to the EOP office comes to us from the other end of the Campus Center. 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 their baby daughter, Emily Grace. 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.

Laura Richards

Laura Richards

Secretary I
Campus Center 234

Laura is our secretary/tutor coordinator and usually the first person you talk to with when you call or come to the EOP office. She has experience working with both Admissions and academic areas at SUNY Canton. She can help connect you with almost anyone on campus for help with your questions. If you need an appointment to see your EOP counselor or think you may need tutoring help in a course, talk with Laura.