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MARQUETTE Educational Opportunity Program benefits students and communities “A scholarship is not for free — you have to work hard to maintain it.” No one knows that better than Dr. Phu Tran, Eng ’04, Grad ’11. He was the first member of his family to graduate from college. At age 14, his family moved to the United States from Vietnam. “For my parents, they came here to give us a better future and they knew education was the way to that future,” Tran says. “For me, there was no choice. Whatever I had to do to go to college, I was going to do.” From the moment he enrolled in Pulaski High School in Milwaukee, attending college was his main goal. However, that goal presented many challenges. His parents couldn’t pay tuition and he didn’t know anyone he could talk with about the admissions process or college life. That is, until a friend of the family offered him some life-changing advice. “He was a college graduate and went through the Educational Opportunity Program. He told me to apply,” recalls Tran. “So, after school one day, I hopped on a bus to Marquette’s campus. I went up to the EOP offices in Marquette Hall and asked about their programs.” He went on to apply for the Upward Bound Math-Science summer program designed for low-income, first-generation high school students. He was accepted and participated in the program, which helped him excel as an undergraduate. “Without that program, I would have been way less prepared compared to my classmates (at Marquette),” Tran says. “I had the drive to work hard. Knowing that my family would not have the financial support to send me to college, I had to work harder to maintain (my scholarships).” Marquette’s four federally funded TRiO programs (Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, Student Support Services and McNair Scholars) make college and graduate school a realistic option for low-income, underrepresented and first-generation students like Tran. Each year, Marquette’s TRiO programs help more than 500 high school and college students achieve their goals.
Photo by John Nienhuis
By April Beane
Dr. Joseph Green, director of Marquette’s Educational Opportunity Program, talks with students in EOP, which was established in 1969.
“From completing high school to attaining a doctoral degree, our EOP programs help students see that college is a possibility — something they may not have seen or been told before,” EOP Director Dr. Joseph Green says. “And we provide guidance counselors, mentors,
EOP Fast Facts EOP is comprised of four federally funded TRiO programs: n Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science (pre-college) — 95 percent of participants graduate high school in four years and more than 90 percent of participants go on to college n Student Support Services (college division) — more than 1,800 participants have earned a Marquette undergraduate degree n McNairs Scholars (college division) — more than 26 participants have completed a Ph.D. or other doctoral-level degree (more than 200 have earned master’s degrees)
tutors and peer support groups to help them succeed once they get here.” Today, like many first-generation college graduates, Tran feels a deep sense of responsibility for returning the favor to those in his community. “I spend a lot of time talking with kids at church and asking them what they are going to do this summer,” Tran says. “I continue to make information available to people I run into.” According to EOP Senior Associate Director Jessica Hernandez, who was a first-generation college graduate and a TRiO program participant while an undergraduate, it’s imperative that Marquette puts students out into the world who are interested in using their degree to help themselves and their families and communities. “You’re building up this knowledge that can be passed down because it’s not rocket science, it’s just a process. We have so many students here who don’t realize the impact they are having on their peers, their communities,” Hernandez says. “It could be as simple as talking to a student about going to college.”
CAM PU S H A P P E N I N GS Deadlines for Way Klingler awards approaching Up to four full-time, regular, junior faculty will receive Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards for 2013 –14. The awards of up to $22,000 fund $2,000 in operating expenses and cover up to 50 percent of salary so the recipients can take a one-semester sabbatical. Award winners are selected by the Committee on Research. The application is due Jan. 11, 2013, and is available on the Office of the Provost website. Deans have until Jan. 18, 2013, to nominate full-time associate or full professors for a Way Klingler Fellowship. Two fellowships will be awarded in 2013, one in science and a second in the humanities/social sciences. The science fellow will receive $50,000 annually for three years, and the humanities fellow will receive $20,000 annually for three years. The fellows will be chosen by the Committee on Research. In order to provide the opportunity for as many faculty as possible
to benefit from the Way Klingler Fellowship, the Committee on Research has voted to restrict past recipients from being considered again until ten years after their original award date. Detailed information is available on the Office of the Provost website.
Holiday hours in effect Dec. 24, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013 The university will be closed Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, for the Christmas holiday. Limited campus services, including Public Safety, Facility Services and the Rec Plex, will remain open. The university will re-open Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Buildings and services with special hours of operation during the semester break include the Alumni Memorial Union, IT Services, Raynor Memorial Libraries, the Rec Center, the Rec Plex, the Spirit Shop and the Union Sports Annex. Complete holiday and semester break hours can be found at marquette.edu/holiday-hours/index.shtml.
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