August 12, 2016
The SUNY Buffalo State Upward Bound program has presented its Hal D. Payne Educational Opportunity Lifetime Service Award to Maureen Hoyler, President of the Washington, D.C.-based Council for Opportunity in Education.
The award honors national, state and local leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing educational opportunity and the mission of Upward Bound, the federal program that motivates and tutors low-income, first generation high school students so that they can access and succeed in higher education. Donald Patterson, Upward Bound director at Buffalo State, said Ms. Hoyler was honored for her "career-long leadership, outspoken advocacy for policies and funding to strengthen access and support programs for low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities, and her unwavering belief in the potential of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds."
Hoyler began her career helping low-income and first generation students to attend college 35 years ago as an undergraduate working in the educational opportunity office at Marquette University. Ms. Hoyler helped set up the Washington, D. C. office of the Council for Opportunity in Education in 1981 and served as COE's Executive Vice President before she became President.
The award also pays tribute to its namesake, Hal D. Payne, SUNY Buffalo State Vice President for Student Affairs. Payne is also a lifelong champion for education and opportunity and has helped countless students achieve success despite institutional and societal barriers.