Early Identification Program Receives Freddie Mac Foundation Grant

Posted: February 13, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

George Mason University’s Early Identification Program (EIP) was recently awarded an $85,000 grant from the Freddie Mac Foundation as part of the donor’s efforts to help disadvantaged youth.

For nearly 20 years, EIP has provided at-risk high school students from Northern Virginia with an intense and supportive extracurricular college preparatory program aimed at encouraging them to graduate from high school and enroll in college.

“The Freddie Mac Foundation has been a great friend to our program. Without them, there is no doubt we would not have been able to serve as many people as we have,” says Hortensia Cadenas, director of EIP.

The Freddie Mac Foundation has now contributed more than $250,000 to EIP over the past three years. These funds have largely supported the program’s annual Fairfax County Summer Academy and Strengthening the Family Workshop.

“In a highly significant way, the foundation is helping us provide many young men and women with opportunity and hope to enrich their lives and advance their education in ways that before may have been only a dream,” says Cadenas.

EIP has offered its summer academy since 1987. This three-week program is held at Mason’s campuses in Fairfax and Prince William. In the academy, participants receive an intensive preview of the math, English, science and technology courses they will encounter during their upcoming high school year and that emphasize the Standards of Learning. Each class section, taught by a master teacher from one of the partner schools, has its own tutor.

During the summer academy, high school juniors are able to take classes on SAT preparation while seniors focus on writing college essays. Additionally, students hear from professionals from a variety of occupations on Career Day and are able to “shadow” professionals in fields of interest to them.

The Strengthening the Family Workshop helps families better understand the college financial aid opportunities available to them, including the application process.

The Freddie Mac Foundation, created by Freddie Mac in 1991, is dedicated to creating hope and opportunity for children, youth and families. Over the past 15 years it has invested approximately $174 million in nonprofit organizations to build stronger families and communities.

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