The Early Identification Program (EIP) is an academic enrichment initiative for academically outstanding second-year and transfer students. EIP’s goals are to help students to develop their academic focus and direction and to become familiar with national scholarship opportunities. Participation in EIP does not guarantee receipt of a scholarship nor is participation required for students to apply for scholarships.
EIP offers a wide range of programming including workshops on faculty-student dynamics, scholarship information sessions, and opportunities to connect with professors and national scholarship recipients and finalists. The backbone of EIP is a series of small-group advising sessions which involve mentoring students on their academic plans. Groups typically include 3-6 students from the same school who share similar experiences and goals.
Past EIP participants have earned many nationally competitive awards, including the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Boren Scholarship, Fulbright Grant, and Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
EIP is co-sponsored by the Office of Merit Awards and the University Honors Program, and is administered by Joan Echols, associate director of Merit Awards.