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Maria Tovar
Maria Tovar
Business Management student
Maria Tovar
Business Management student

The HEOP program has meant a lot for me. It has given me the opportunity to be the first in my family to start college and start my journey. This is my first year and I can already say I love college, thanks to the HEOP program and all the support it has to offer. During the summer program I had the chance to meet many other talented freshmen students. We are all ambitious, intelligent, and have a bright future ahead of us. All that was needed for us to succeed was motivational support, and I honestly can say that we all found it here in HEOP at RIT.

Ja'Nai Gray
Ja'Nai Gray
Criminal Justice/Sociology student
Ja'Nai Gray
Criminal Justice/Sociology student

The HEOP community has shaped my ability to grow not only as a person, but as a professional. Not only is HEOP a community, but HEOP is a family that I am very grateful to be part of!

Jessica Alvarado
Jessica Alvarado
Biomedical Sciences student
Jessica Alvarado
Biomedical Sciences student

HEOP is hope. It’s where you have support to accomplish your dreams. Where others may have doubted you, HEOP believes in you.

Diana Castillo
Diana Castillo
Civil Engineering Technology student
Diana Castillo
Civil Engineering Technology student

I want to thank HEOP for the amazing work they did to help me through my hardest days and towards my dreams. I'm so grateful to have the HEOP family by my side to support me and help me find a co-op, because it was probably one of the hardest things I had to deal with in my undergraduate career. I started my new job and I absolutely love it.  I will always remember and be grateful for everything the HEOP program has done for me.

Jhade Benitez
Jhade Benitez
Advertising Photography student
Jhade Benitez
Advertising Photography student

When I applied to the Rochester Institute of Technology, my high school counselor suggested I apply for the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). I had no clue what it was going to be or what kinds of benefits the program had for students. During the 4-week summer program, you meet the other HEOP students who you will know for all your years at college. My first year at RIT, HEOP was crucial to my academic success. I struggled with a couple of my classes, and I was fortunate enough to get a tutor, who met with me one on one a few times a week, so I could better understand the material that was being taught. HEOP is always prepared to support their students through academic difficulties and personal matters. They are a huge family and they really care about students’ success. I have always been able to count on my HEOP family for help, guidance, and support in my endeavors. It has been such an honor being a part of the program.

Davierraven Simmons
Davierraven Simmons
Electro-Mechanical Technology student
Davierraven Simmons
Electro-Mechanical Technology student

RIT is a new, exciting and challenging environment especially for an inner city student. Coming into RIT I had no idea how I would accomplish some of my goals with such a vast range of classes and activities. HEOP has helped me adopt the proper everyday habits I need to be successful here. The HEOP staff was excellent in integrating me into the community and giving me the tools I need to become the student I imagined I would be. Now I can honestly say that I have a sense of community, belonging and a great support system emotionally and academically.

S.M. Huq
S.M. Huq
Microelectronics student
S.M. Huq
Microelectronics student

RIT HEOP program has connected me to the academia beyond the classrooms and courses. It made me feel that I am, along with others, are the manifestation of my University's power and success. HEOP staff and the advisors are always here for me whenever I need them and I was going though difficulties. They helped me to stay focused on my goals and prioritize tasks. RIT HEOP program convinced me that I made the right choice when I came to RIT because the program ensures that I have the best college experience. The advisors of HEOP provide every opportunity they possibly can for students’ personal and professional growth. I am very lucky to be part of this great HEOP family because without their support it wouldn't have been possible for me to experience college life at a great private college such as RIT. I am grateful that HEOP saw the potential within me. I hope this program will continue long after I graduate and help out students who deserve their services.