Class of 2012,
Annandale Senior High School
Fairfax County Public Schools
Liliam Pacheco-Rivera is a graduating senior from Annandale High School in Fairfax County. She is one of the recipients of the EIP Full Tuition Scholarship to George Mason University. The span of her high school career consisted of a lot of work and dedication to her academic studies.
“I feel blessed and happy about my EIP experience” says Liliam. “In the last 5 years I found new friendships in other students, mentors, and staff.”
For Liliam, EIP became a “second family” that she could count on for advice and guidance. “EIP not only helped me academically but also personally and socially.” Mason was not Liliam’s first choice when she was younger. She confesses that “initially it was my back-up choice, but through the years I realized that George Mason University is the best school for me…it feels like home.” She encourages other EIP students to continue to persevere in the program. Through all the sacrifices and hard work needed to achieve the goal of being the first to go to college, Liliam says, “It’s worth it all!”