• A 50th Anniversary Benefit for the Educational Opportunity Program

Celebrating 50 Years of Success

The registration deadline for this event has passed. You can still make a tax deductible donation to the campaign for EOP below:

Conceived of by New York State Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve in 1967, SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides college access and support to low-income, primarily first-generation college students. These students have educational promise but their life circumstances have prevented them from reaching their potential. With nationally leading graduation rates, SUNY’s campus EOPs are renowned for promoting successful outcomes for these students. Nearly 70,000 students have graduated because of a SUNY EOP during the program’s 50 year history.

Each year, SUNY receives about 15,000 qualified applicants for EOPs but has only enough funding to accept 20% of these students, leaving thousands of promising students out in the cold simply for lack of funding. As we approach the program’s 50th anniversary, the SUNY Impact Foundation is seeking investors and partnerships to expand this proven student success strategy. All funds raised will go directly to our campus EOPs to expand and enhance their capacity to serve New York’s most promising in-need students.


Let’s support 50 MORE years of success!


The EOP 50th Anniversary Benefit Dinner program was hosted by Al Roker.




Carl E. Heastie
Speaker, The New York State Assembly


Sunny Hostin, JD
Cohost, ABC’s The View and Senior Legal Correspondent for ABC News


Stanley S. Litow
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM
President, IBM Foundation

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