Eight Early Identification Program Students Win Scholarships to George Mason University

June 09, 2021

Eight students from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) who were enrolled in the district’s College Success Programs, Early Identification Program (EIP) have been named winners of scholarships totaling $277K, to George Mason University (GMU). They have earned full tuition scholarships, the University’s Scholar scholarship, and several partial tuition scholarships.

The scholarship winners are:

Angel Nguyen of Falls Church High School; Brenda Leveron of Annandale High School;  Derek Castillo of Falls Church High School; Muhammad Babar of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Stacy Maravi of Fairfax High School; Henry Barrera-Vallejos of Falls Church High School; Laiba Sheikh of West Potomac High School; Tam-Dang Le of Centreville High School

The Early Identification Program is one of four College Success Programs in FCPS serving over 200 students. It is a partnership with GMU that started in 1987 and has expanded to 13 of our FCPS schools. EIP is a multiyear college preparatory program for first-generation college-bound middle and high school students.  Students in the program receive mentoring, tutoring, and attend academic and career workshops, college preparation sessions, leadership conferences, family workshops for parents and/or guardians, and a three-week Summer Academy every July at GMU. They also have a cohort of fellow EIP students and family members who encourage and support one another throughout the program.

One hundred percent of EIP students will be the first in their family to attend college, and some receive free or reduced-price meals.  The five-year program guarantees admission to GMU if the student follows a pre-college curriculum, successfully completes the program in good academic standing, and meets GMU admission requirements. EIP students apply and interview for various GMU scholarships each year. This year 32 seniors will graduate the EIP program and they will culminate this special occasion at a graduation ceremony at the George Mason University.

For more information, contact Dr. Lynette Henry at lmhenry@fcps.edu