NVCF Honors Mertens with Donation to Early Identification Program

Posted: October 23, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Northern Virginia Community Foundation (NVCF) honored President Alan and Sally Merten with a $31,000 check for Mason’s Early Identification Program (EIP) at the group’s annual Community Leadership Awards Gala on Oct. 13.

EIP is a community outreach effort that identifies and engages high-risk, high-potential eighth- to 12th-grade students to encourage them to successfully complete a collegiate program in high school and enroll in college. Program activities are free and held on Mason’s Fairfax and Prince William Campuses.

According to NVCF, the check is the single largest unrestricted grant in the foundation’s history.

Alan Merten, Frank Sesno, Eileen Ellsworth
President Alan Merten accepts a $31,000 check for the Early Identification Program from NVCF President Eileen Ellsworth. Emcee Frank Sesno applauds.
Photo by Warren Mattox/Mattox Photography

“The EIP is a long-standing, highly-decorated, highly-regarded community outreach program of George Mason University, and NVCF is extremely pleased to support its important work,” said NVCF President Eileen Ellsworth.

The mission of the foundation is “to grow philanthropy and strengthen the Northern Virginia community by inspiring donor philanthropy, addressing community needs and providing community leadership,” said Ellsworth.

In the past year, the foundation has awarded more than $3 million in grants and scholarships supporting child and youth development, education, health, arts, the homeless, community improvement and many other causes.

EIP students
Celebrating at the NVCF’s Community Leadership Gala are, from left, Mason students Marie Garces, Lady Ramirez and Guelila Fornetti; EIP tutor coordinator Margarita Abreu; students Rhina Ascencio and Ana Gaitan; and EIP Associate Director Lewis Forrest II. The five students participated in EIP before attending college.
Photo by Warren Mattox/Mattox Photography

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