Many Saunders College of Business students attend through the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). Several graduating Saunders HEOP students were highlighted in a recent article:

  • Namaqua Mills came from the Bronx to study management information systems at RIT. Soon he’ll be relocating to Charlotte, NC, to work as a business analyst for Bank of America— his third time working with them through internships with BOA.
  • Sojourner Coles, from Brooklyn, studied political science with a minor in business administration. She will be working on her MBA at RIT.
  • Stephen Gayle, originally from the Bronx, is taking his BS in accounting with a minor in finance. His next step is achieving an MS in accounting from RIT.


Last year, several more HEOP students were highlighted in an article for their achievements:

  • Francina Castro, a management information systems student from the Bronx, will be a network event coordinator for PlayStation in San Diego.
  • Jaden Dominguez, an international business student from New York City, will be a corporate administrator at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in Rochester.
  • Maria Tovar, a new media marketing student from Rochester, will work in retail banking planning at M&T Bank’s corporate office in Buffalo, N.Y.


Now in its 52nd year, the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program is committed to the recruitment and academic success of historically disadvantaged students with strong academic potential and personal initiative who would otherwise be excluded from higher education at a private New York state college or university. The program provides financial, academic, and personal support to maximize student success, and it pays off—HEOP’s graduation rates have exceeded RIT’s for four of the last six years.

This summer, many incoming HEOP students will participate in the DDI Summer Experience: a four-week summer academic enrichment-, confidence-, and community-building program that consists of credit-bearing courses, academic enrichment, exposure to research, and pipelines to co-curricular and community service programs.

Last year, incoming HEOP students participated in the first online DDI experience. A record 83 participants made it the most successful DDI experience yet!

Learn more about HEOP at RIT