At the age of seven, Luis Gasca immigrated with his mother and sister to the U.S. from Colombia.
When he started applying to colleges, Gasca first looked at out-of-state schools and was accepted at several. After realizing that he didn’t want to be a financial burden on his mother and trying to support himself through college, he set his sights on an in-state school. The choice of which school in New Jersey was easy for him—Rutgers was a big school with prestige, had many successful alumni, and a long history.
When he learned of a Rutgers summer program to help prepare students on what to expect with continued support through the first year of college, he was convinced the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program would be advantageous.