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Educational Opportunity Center (York/Reading)

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is one of the Federal TRIO programs dedicated to aiding adults in furthering their education. It is designed to provide resources, referrals, information, and counseling to adults who would like to obtain a GED, enroll in certification or trade school programs, learn about financial aid available to students and veterans, receive career counseling, and apply to college or other post secondary education institutions.

Multicultural Resource Center

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) provides individual counseling and educational services for undergraduate multicultural students at University Park and assists students in meeting the challenges associated with education and attaining a degree at a major research institution. MRC counselors work with students on a variety of issues, and the staff is dedicated to helping students succeed and graduate from Penn State.

Office of Veterans Programs

The Office of Veterans Programs at the University Park campus is organized as a comprehensive, direct service unit for veterans and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) benefits recipients. The office is staffed by five full-time professionals and approximately twenty student veterans who work part-time under the provisions of DVA work-study. The staff and students provide services in three major areas: Outreach, Certification, and General Counseling.

Office of Scholars Programs

The Office of Scholars Programs manages four scholars programs within the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity: the Bunton-Waller Fellows, Lenfest Scholars, Maguire Scholars, and Milton Hershey Scholars. These four programs have the broad and shared goal to enhance the inclusion efforts at Penn State, and provide support to underrepresented and underserved students in higher education. We offer support and resources for Scholars students, including: a living-learning program in the Ritner Experience, the Scholarship and Community seminar, academic counseling, and ongoing support for Scholars’ academic progress and success.

Student Disability Resources

This site is designed to offer information regarding services for students with disabilities at The Pennsylvania State University.

Talent Search Program

We believe that education is the best pathway to economic parity and social equality. We encourage and support students from families where educational attainment, finances, or other resources may limit opportunities to achieve their educational goals beyond high school. We strive to ensure that through our services and support, students will be successful against personal odds.

Upward Bound Programs

Upward Bound is a federally funded program that helps high-school students gain academic skills and motivation to continue their education beyond high school. At Penn State, the Upward Bound Program serves at least 116 students each year from six target high schools in five counties - Clearfield, Dauphin, Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Perry.

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