Early Identification Program (EIP)

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Since 1991, PWCS has partnered with George Mason University’s Early Identification for program (EIP). The Early Identification Program is George Mason University’s college access program that supports the academic, career and personal/social development of first-generation college bound students in Northern Virginia. Approximately 150 Prince William County Public School students participate in the EIP program.


To produce civically engaged first-generation college bound students who value learning and are actively pursuing higher education.


EIP will inspire students towards higher education and the development of professional goals.Using a holistic approach to educate students, EIP strives to maximize student potential and academic achievement. In partnership with local school divisions, the private sector and the George Mason Community our goal is to improve students’ access to higher education and quality of life by providing academic enrichment, personal development and community engagement; thus ensuring students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to become productive and responsible global citizens.

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Program Components

  • Three Week Intensive Summer Academic Enrichment Program
  • Weekly Academic Mentoring Program (AMP)
  • SAT Preparation
  • Math and Science Enrichment
  • Strengthening the Family Workshop
  • College Preparation Workshop
  • Leadership Development Activities
  • Service Learning Opportunities

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Student Eligibility - Students must be:

  • Nominated by their middle school
  • Currently in the seventh grade
  • Attend a Prince William County school
  • Be the first in their family to attend a college or university in the United States

Three students on the George Mason University campus.

Here are a few facts about the EIP program:

  • EIP has a 70% retention rate​
  • 95% of EIP students enroll into college
  • Students who complete the EIP and graduate from high school with a 2.8 or better, and meet the admission requirements of the university are automatically accepted. Students who earn a 3.2 or higher will be eligible to apply for the EIP scholarship (four-years full tuition)


For more information about the EIP program contact:

Michael T. Brown, PWCS EIP Coordinator

Mr. Lewis Forrest, II – EIP Executive Director (GMU)

Visit the EIP website.