In its proud history, the Educational Opportunity Program has supported thousands of students who have gone on to successful careers and who have made countless contributions to the communities in which they live. Many have distinguished themselves as leaders within their respective fields. In politics and public service alone, EOP can count among its local alumni a congresswoman, a judge, several aldermen, and the leader of Milwaukee’s Common Council.

When long-time EOP Director, Sande Robinson, retired, the staff believed that there could be no more fitting tribute to Sande’s legacy of nurturing future leaders than to establish an honor society and service organization in her name. The Sande Robinson Emerging Leaders initiative (SREL) intends to facilitate the development and recognition of student leaders in all four of EOP’s TRIO programs.

By providing EOP students with the opportunity to be recognized for their leadership activities and to give them opportunities to develop their leadership skills, EOP believes that its students as well as members of Marquette’s Ethnic Alumni Association and the greater Milwaukee community will be better able to learn with and because of each other.

Membership Criteria


Each fall EOP sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be invited to submit an application for admission. All applicants must be in good academic standing. A committee will review the application materials and select members. The committee will look for evidence of each applicant’s leadership accomplishments within the context of the four attributes of Marquette’s mission: Excellence, Faith, Leadership, and Service.

Membership Benefits




Educational Opportunity Program

EOP is an academic program that motivates and enables low-income and first generation students, whose parents do not have a baccalaureate degree, to enter and succeed in higher education. See all the programs that Educational Opportunity Programs include.