Engaging the Next Generation of Mason Students
MasonU, co-founded by Honors College students Desmond Moffitt and Shannon Toole, aims to empower kindergarten through eighth grade students from challenged socio-economic backgrounds to attend college.
The program, which plans and guides campus tours and college-planning activities, has served more than 2,000 young people from 16 area schools. Research shows that the earlier students begin to think of college as a possible goal, the more likely they are to apply and enroll.
"I joined MasonU because I believe that having access to higher education at a young age is valuable for all students," said MasonU President and Honors College student Hannah Warner. "It is important to make every effort to encourage students to make a college education a goal and provide them with resources to help make this aspiration a reality,"
MasonU has formed strong partnerships with schools throughout the D.C. area, with participating schools bringing their students back year after year.
"On a typical MasonU day, whether we are working with a group of 20 kids or 500 kids, you can always count on seeing a student's eyes light up and something clicking in their mind. That is a wonderful moment to get to be a part of," said MasonU Vice President Roxana Kazemi.