Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
In partnership with George Mason University’s Early Identification Program (EIP), 24 recent Prince William County Schools (PWCS) graduates experienced intensive academic and social support designed to prepare first generation students for college. Five of the students received scholarships to attend George Mason.
“PWCS has been in partnership with George Mason University since 1989 to promote and support college access for our students,” said Carolyn Custard, director for the PWCS Office of Student Services. “This is an outstanding partnership that provides a wide range of academic and social supports for our students, including college and career readiness programs, STEM enrichment, mentoring and tutoring.”
According to Khaseem Davis, director of EIP at George Mason, students enter the program in 8th grade and receive support through graduation. About 130 PWCS students are involved in the program each year. More than 90 percent of the class are students of color.
Rhina Alvarado, associate director, an EIP alumna and graduate of PWCS, said that all students who successfully complete the EIP and meet Mason’s admissions requirements are automatically admitted to George Mason, which helps the university diversify its student body. Graduates also have the option of attending other universities. This year’s graduates will also be attending Virginia State University, Harvard University, Radford University, Old Dominion University, Northern Virginia Community College, and Harford Community College.