Syracuse University’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) presented its annual academic awards on April 19 in the Schine Student Center.

HEOP is a special admission program for part-time students whose financial and educational backgrounds would prohibit them from regular admission to Syracuse University. Funds from the New York State Education Department enable HEOP to assist students with financial aid and support services to guide them to the successful completion of their educational programs.

University College has the only HEOP program in New York state for part-time students.

Seven HEOP students will graduate in May with associate degrees and five students will graduate with bachelor’s degrees through University College, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Falk College.

Fourteen HEOP students who completed at least 12 credits in 2018 and earned a 3.0 grade point average or above received Academic Excellence Awards.

Perseverance Awards recognize students who demonstrate exceptional discipline in balancing a commitment to their academics and their family responsibilities while improving their academic performance. Four students received the award at the ceremony.

University College Dean Michael Frasciello acknowledged the 50th anniversary of the HEOP program. “You are part of a distinguished group of students who excelled at Syracuse University through the support of HEOP,” said Frasciello. “Through your work, determination, commitment and success, we hope to retain the program for another 50 years, supporting future students who seek knowledge and education to transform their lives.”

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