EOP Graduate Pays it Forward
Kevon London-Hill says Brockport’s EOP pushed him to greater heights. Celebrate EOP students and alumni at the 50th-anniversary edition of the program's annual Honors & Recognition Banquet.
Kevon London-Hill’s mother passed away during his senior year at SUNY Brockport. Suddenly, he felt overwhelmed and didn’t know where to turn.
“I was a little lost,” London-Hill said. “I wasn’t really close to my own family.”
That’s when Gary Owens, director of the College’s EOP program, stepped in.
“Gary brought me in; he made sure I was okay. He had a talk with me and gave me a lot of advice about moving forward," said London-Hill. "He said things are going to happen in life and that can’t change your focus. He was a positive role model through a tough time.”
London-Hill likely wouldn’t have attended Brockport if it wasn’t for its EOP program. And it would have been challenging for him to attend any college at all. A successful student-athlete at Edison Tech in the City of Rochester (London-Hill was class valedictorian and a varsity basketball player), he dreamt of attending a Division I institution but couldn’t afford it.
When Brockport EOP representatives visited his school, he knew it was the right opportunity for him. He credits the support he received through the program — both academically and financially — as significant drivers of his success.
He worked part time, 20-25 hours a week during his undergraduate experience, but says the stipends he received as an EOP member were crucial to meeting basic needs, including co-pays for medical supplies he required as a diabetic.
The experience was so powerful for him that he’s become determined to give back. London-Hill now works full time as an EOP senior counselor at Brockport.
“As a young, black male, I feel I can be a positive role model,” he said. “There’s always a way. I want students to stay goal oriented and goal driven. I tell them to be a change agent.”
He’s also currently pursuing a master’s degree in athletic administration from the College and is the head junior varsity basketball coach at Brockport High School.
But no matter how busy he is, London-Hill says he will always make time for anything related to EOP.
“I love EOP. It provides so many opportunities for students who wouldn’t otherwise have that opportunity,” he said. “I know the impact it can have.”
EOP 50th-Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate 50 years of student success in academics, the arts, athletics, and leadership at the annual EOP Honors & Recognition Banquet.
Saturday, April 13
Seymour College Union, Ballroom
- 4:30 pm: Meet-and-greet reception with current students
- 6 pm: Celebratory dinner
Faculty, staff, emeriti, alumni, and community members are welcome to join the celebration and/or sponsor an EOP student's attendance. If you are interested in purchasing a banquet ticket for a student who would not otherwise be able to afford one, please complete the form at the registration link below.