Opportunity Programs


Phyllis A.H. Breland
315-859-4912 (fax)

Applying to the New York State Arthur O. Eve
Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and Hamilton Scholars

All candidates must come through the general admission process. Candidates who want to be considered for the HEOP/Scholar program should be sure to request financial aid assistance on the common application.
Questions or concerns about the program should be directed to the Opportunity Programs office.

In order to be considered for the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), you must be a resident of New York State and:

  • Possess a high school equivalency diploma, or the equivalent of a GED*
  • Meet program academic criteria*
  • Meet program economic guidelines

The minimum academic profile for potential HEOP/Scholar students is:

GPA                 85
HS Rank           Top 20%
SAT (new)       1600  ( includes writing component)            
HS Math           3 years
HS Science       3 years
ACT                 21

Bear in mind that this profile serves as a guide. There are several factors that also are weighed in determining program eligibility; academic growth, test taking abilities, attendance, personal support systems, community involvement, special talents, and motivation to succeed. Therefore, a personal interview is required of all applicants.

* required for Hamilton Scholars


Student Profile

Amber Wheeless

Amber WheelessClass:  2011
Hometown: Worland, WY
Major: Religious Studies
Minor: Art History

Activities: Womyn's Center, Rainbow Alliance, Project SHINE tutor, Emerson Collaborative Research Grant recipient, HEOP Summer Programs RA, Alternative Spring Break, Academic Center for Excellence supervisor, Wellin Hall tech crew
Travelled through SIT's study abroad program in New Delhi, India.

"The Opportunity Program is my support system and family here at Hamilton. My peers and mentors in the Program are here both to help me when I am struggling and to celebrate with me when I succeed. Being a part of the Opportunity Program encourages me to be the best version of myself by making me accountable for my own personal and academic excellence. I couldn't be more thankful for the resources and support the Program provides me with each and every day."