About Program Scholars
HEOP is sponsored jointly through a grant from the New York State Education Department and Bard College. Many students aspiring to attend college face a reality of few options and fewer opportunities due to a lack of economic and educational resources. HEOP seeks to confront this reality. In this regard, Bard’s Equity and Inclusion Programs office is unsurpassed in its financial commitment to its students. (HEOP and its activities are supported, in whole or in part, by the New York State Education Department.)
Senior Spotlight: Tony Henry
Bard senior and Brooklyn native Tony Henry has loved playing piano and reading literature for as long as he can remember, and his passion for each only grew when he came to Bard.
Tony is a HEOP scholar and a double major in music and literature. “The Equity and Inclusion Office has given me a sense of community ... It gave me multiple opportunities to grow, whether that’s working with the office, or just having workshops in the space. I’m grateful for that.” Tony is a club head of both Brothers at Bard and the Black Student Organization. He is also a peer mentor for students in the Equity and Inclusion Programs, and he runs the Jazz and Singing Clubs.
There are three (3) qualifications a student must meet for admission into HEOP:
- The student must be a resident of New York State.
- A student is eligible if he or she is not admissible under Bard's regular admission guidelines due to an under-resourced academic background. This standard changes each year as Bard adapts to the national standards of each year's high school graduating class.
- A student is eligible if he or she meets the financial criteria for economic disadvantage set by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). See chart below for details.
|Number in household (including head of household)||Total annual income preceding calendar year|
*Add $7,696 for each family member in excess of seven