Service to others has long been a part of Muhammad Farhan Babar’s life

“Volunteering has always been a big thing for me,” said the 18-year-old Early Identification Program (EIP) graduate and aspiring computer science major from Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia. “It’s just something I do and it’s really shaped my personality. It’s changed me a lot. It’s shaped how I think, who I am and how I view life.” 

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This freshman isn’t playing it safe

Hazel Cartagena, an incoming freshman at George Mason University, has already taken to heart a piece of advice she received from the university. Well, not from the university specifically, but from some of the faculty she met through Mason’s Early Identification Program (EIP).

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High school graduates head to Mason with scholarships, thanks to Early Identification Program

“As a district, we are grateful for the EIP partnership with George Mason University,” said Eileen Ruzicka, FCPS’s EIP Liaison.  “It has increased access and support for FCPS middle and high school students who are from populations that are historically underrepresented on college campuses, especially those who face challenges caused by poverty, racism and lack of access to resources.”

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Mason’s Early Identification Program for local students pivots to online services

“EIP staff, teachers and student mentors switched to Blackboard Collaborate, an online learning platform… ‘We had to be flexible and find new ways to engage our students online,’ Davis said… [EIP is] another family supporting me in my goal to go to college,” said Bhuiyan, who plans to study biology.” – Anna Stolley Persky

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