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TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) helps you plan your educational future. We will help you navigate the admissions and financial aid process at the college, university, or vocational school of your choice.

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EOC Services

All TRIO-Educational Opportunity Center services are free and include but are not limited to:

  • Admissions applications assistance
  • Financial Aid application assistance
  • Scholarship Information / Assistance
  • Academic guidance
  • GED/Secondary School Guidance
  • Career Planning
  • Workshops on College Success Strategies
  • Transfer Information
  • Fee Payment assistance

TRIO-EOC services will benefit you by helping you:

  • Become informed about college, university, and vocational opportunities available
  • Understand your opportunities for funding your education
  • Become aware career opportunities
  • Stay connected to community resources
  • Gain access to on-going mentorship and support

You are eligible to participate in TRIO-EOC if you:

  • Are 19 years of ago or older; or a high school senior not participating in TRIO-Talent Search
  • Are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and
    • Express a desire to enroll, or are enrolled in a program of postsecondary education, and request information or assistance in applying for admission to, or financial aid for such a program;
    • Have not earned a Bachelor’s degree
  • Are a veteran, regardless of age, and meet the above requirements

Priority provided to individuals who:

  • Have limited income.
  • Have parents who have not yet earned a Bachelor’s degree.

Texarkana College TRIO-EOC team partners with the Adult Education & Literacy Program for students interested in earning a High School Equivalency Diploma.

Scholarships

EOC Overcoming Barriers Scholarship application

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The Educational Opportunity Center at Texarkana College

Since 2016, the Educational Opportunity Center at Texarkana College has served as an essential resource for both high school and adult students in the Bowie and Cass County communities. The Educational Opportunity Center at Texarkana College knows that higher education is the tool to achieve social and economic empowerment. We inspire low-income and first-generation students to fulfill their ambitions of attending college.

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) at Texarkana College is a program designed to assist individuals with college matriculation. EOC is a federally funded TRIO program and services are provided to program participants FREE OF CHARGE who meet program eligibility requirements. EOC program participants receive coaching and assistance with the college admissions process, FAFSA, and enrollment at the post-secondary institution of their choice. The Educational Opportunity Center at Texarkana College is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education.

The Overcoming Barriers Scholarship Fund is a program available for all Educational Opportunity Center at Texarkana College program participants who meet the scholarship criteria. In addition to the scholarship criteria, recipients must exhibit a desire to succeed academically, have strong character, and demonstrate financial need.

Criteria and Eligibility

  1. Applicant must be a participant in the Educational Opportunity Center at Texarkana College program.
  2. Applicant must be a US Citizen or legal resident.
  3. Applicant must be currently enrolled or intending to enroll in a college or university during the upcoming semester.
  4. Applicant must submit two short answer responses to the questions below:
    • What are your educational goals?
    • How can this scholarship assist you?
  5. Finalists must participate in an interview with the scholarship committee.

Awards

The Overcoming Barriers Scholarship Fund will award (2) $500 scholarships each semester. Scholarship recipients must be currently enrolled or intending to enroll in a college or university during the upcoming semester.

Award recipients can only use scholarship funds for the fall and spring semesters.

Applicant Timeline

  • October 18th, 2022: Overcoming Barriers Scholarship Fund Applications Available
    • Applications are available online at www.texarkanacollege.edu/eoc or in person with an EOC staff member
    • Applications can be submitted online or via e-mail to eoc@texarkanacollege.edu
    • Applications can be turned in to an EOC staff member in the Office of Enrollment Services at Texarkana College. The office is located on the first floor of the Nelson Administration building.
  • December 31st, 2022: Overcoming Barriers Scholarship Fund Application Deadline
    • Applications must be submitted by Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST.
  • Finalists will be emailed to schedule an interview with the scholarship committee.
  • January 9th, 2023: Overcoming Barriers Scholarship Fund Winners Announced
The Overcoming Barriers Scholarship Fund recipients receive awards without regard of race, sex, religion, age, national origin or sexual orientation. EOC will not award scholarships to applicants who are not qualified and reserves the right not to award a scholarship in a given year.

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Contact Us

Tenequa Martin

Director of EOC

Ashley Childs

Coordinator

Destiny Simington

Educational Specialist

Imari Kelley

Support Specialist

*The Educational Opportunity Center at Texarkana College is funded through a grant from the United States Department of Education. The grant is funded for $272,753 each year through August 31, 2026.