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Improving Access to Higher Education

Shaping Young Lives, Gift by Gift

Serving 600 youth in 2018 alone, the Early Identification Program (EIP) helps first-generation middle school and high school students prepare to attend college. Since 1987, more than 1,800 students from across Northern Virginia have completed EIP, going on to college at Mason or elsewhere, and exemplifying Mason’s and the program’s commitment to access for all. Hundreds of individual donors and corporate sponsors have collectively contributed $4.3 million to support EIP students during that span.

Early Identification Program students attend the Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic at Pleasant Valley Golf Club. Photo by Creative Services

“My interest was in helping underprovided kids—kids who would be the first in their family to attend college, because I was the first in my family to go.… [EIP] shows how, with just a little bit of support from the community, students who probably would not have achieved college degrees, all suddenly can do that.”

—Jim Green, co-organizer of the annual Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic, which has raised $650,000 over 23 years for EIP and STEP, a scholarship program for first-generation students





Raising the Bar for Giving

The Antonin Scalia Law School. Photo by Creative Services

The 2016 naming of the Antonin Scalia Law School, in honor of the late U.S. Supreme Court justice, was made possible by two of the largest gifts in the university’s history: one from the Charles Koch Foundation, and one from an anonymous donor. These gifts fund scholarships for hundreds of law students over five years. Six current U.S. Supreme Court justices attended the dedication, along with Justice Scalia’s family.





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