Undergraduate Academic Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Scholarships

These scholarships are available to students across all programs in the college.  For scholarships available to students in particular programs, please see the listings in that program.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Barbara J. and B. Mark Fried Scholarship Endowment of 2006

Established in 2006 by Barbara and Mark Fried. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for full-time students who graduated from a local high school. Recipients must:
    • Be a full-time student who qualifies for in-state tuition
    • Graduate from a high school with one of the following zip codes: Alexandria (22303, 22306, 22309, 22310, 22312); Lorton (22079); Springfield (22150, 22151, 22153)
    • Work no more than 20 hours per week in a part-time job during the academic year.

Qualified students may apply through the Mason Honors College. For more information, contact Dr. Anthony Hoefer at ahoefer@gmu.edu.  

Bruce B. Manchester Forensics Team Member Scholarship Endowment

Established in 2004 by Bruce B. Manchester, Professor Emeritus of Communication, who retired from Mason in 2004 after serving as a faculty member for 29 years. The purpose of the fund is to provide one or more scholarships for an active member of the Mason Forensics Team. Recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student, an active member of the Mason Forensics Team, qualify based on contribution, or potential contribution, to the Mason Forensics Team, and may be an in-state or out-of-state student.

Students who meet these criteria may apply through the Communication department. For more information, contact Maria Carabelli at mverdino@gmu.edu.

Elena Scholarships in Honor of Her Children Endowment

Established in 2014 by Elena H. Prien, BIS ’82. The purpose of the fund is to reach out to undergraduate students beyond the Center for the Advancement for Well-Being in an effort to educate students on the importance of well-being knowledge and practices. Applicants are asked to suggest ways they will be helped by this scholarship and how they might “pay forward” the knowledge they gain about well-being as a result. The donor’s hope is that recipients’ increased sense of well-being and self-awareness will positively affect their personal relationships, including future parenting ventures. This will enhance the “ripple effect” of the Center and further the mission of the Center and the University’s “Well-Being University” strategic goal. Scholarship recipients will propose a personal learning and action plan in consultation with appropriate center faculty and staff, designed to facilitate their well-being and personal growth while at Mason and beyond. Each scholarship recipient will be assigned to a well-being mentor at Mason in support of student recipients’ learning and action plans. Recipients will be undergraduates and will qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Recipients may be either full or part-time students and may be either in-state or out-of-state students. The scholarship is not major-specific. This scholarship may be renewed at the discretion of the selection committee.

Students may apply through the Center for Well-Being website.  For more information contact Lisa Uli at luli@gmu.edu.

First-Sweitzer Scholarship Endowment

Established in 1986 by Dr. R. Douglas First. Dr. First and his wife, Sandra Sweitzer First, ’85, an alumna of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, are former faculty/staff members. The endowment benefits full-time undergraduate students and honors the memory of Dr. Robert T. Hawkes, who was a professor of history and the founding dean of the School of Continuing and Alternative Learning. The recipient will qualify on the basis of academic merit and may reside either in or out-of-state. The scholarship is renewable.

Undergraduates who meet first semester fall GPA minimums for this award will be notified in early spring of their freshmen year. Contact Cameron Carter at ccarte17@gmu.edu for questions about the scholarship.

First-Sweitzer Scholarship Endowment Recipients

Freshmen Academic Achievement Awards & Scholarships

The Freshman Academic Achievement Award recognizes academically-talented freshmen in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The award is based on first-semester performance, providing recognition to students who are not in the Honors College. 

The College announces recipients and hosts an award reception every spring. The reception showcases the many opportunities for motivated students to challenge themselves during their time at Mason. 

Only award recipients who attend the reception may apply for the Freshman Academic Achievement Scholarships. The most outstanding scholarship recipient is awarded a renewable First-Sweitzer Scholarship, noted above. 

For questions about freshman achievement awards and scholarships, contact Cameron Carter at ccarte17@gmu.edu.

Freshman Academic Achievement Award Winners
Freshman Academic Achievement Scholarship Winners

 

George Mason University Forensics Alumni and Friends Endowment

Established in 2002 by alumni, faculty, and friends of the forensics team. The purpose of the fund is to support the team through scholarships, events, awards, and in other ways. Recipients must be full-time undergraduate students, who will qualify based on contribution, or potential contribution, to the George Mason University Forensics team and may be in-state or out-of-state students.

Students interested in the scholarship should apply through the Communication department. For questions contact Maria Carabelli at mverdino@gmu.edu.

GMU Debate Team Scholarship

To support scholarships for members of the debate team.

Students interested in applying can do so through the Communication department. For questions contact Maria Carabelli at mverdino@gmu.edu.

Gunda Sporer Oppenheimer Endowed Prize for French Studies

Before her death in 2001, Oppenheimer was a French and Spanish instructor at George Mason. The prize in her name is available to rising juniors and seniors to defray the cost of participating in a study-abroad program in France. Recipient must have taken at least nine credits in French at George Mason University. Receipt must also be accepted in an accredited study abroad program in France for at least one-quarter’s duration. 

Applications for the scholarship should be made through the MCL department. For questions contact Jen Barnard at jbarnard@gmu.edu.

Mohammed H. Omar Family Endowed Scholarship

The Omar Scholarship will be given to an undergraduate student who is actively involved in activities and activism in support of Palestinian issues. Preference may be given to students of direct Palestinian descent. To qualify, recipients may be pursuing any major within CHSS. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of academic merit and financial need, with need being considered before activism or descent. Recipients may be either full-time or part-time, and in-state or out-of-state, and may be international students who are not also U.S. citizens.

Students apply through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office. To learn more or for help applying, contact Cameron Carter at ccarte17@gmu.edu.

Rachel Gradia Scholarship for Global Political Fellows Fund

The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the Global Political Fellows program. Applicants must submit an essay outlining why they are passionate about the Global Politics Fellows program or how this semester program will help them further their academic and career goals. Recipients must be full-time, in-state, undergraduates and will qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

This scholarship is offered by the Global Affairs program. For questions contact Dr. Lisa Breglia at lbreglia@gmu.edu.

Robert R. Thomas, Jr. Scholarship Endowment

Established in 2011 by Robert R. Thomas, BS ’84, the purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for students within CHSS. Recipients will be undergraduate transfer students and will qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Recipients may be either full-time or part-time, and may be in-state, out-of-state, or international students. This scholarship may be renewable. 

Current students may apply for this scholarship through the Office of Financial Aid Award Spring portal. Contact Cameron Carter at ccarte17@gmu.edu for assistance with the application process.

Robert R. Thomas, Jr. Scholarship Recipients

 

Scott A. Duane & Jami L. Duane-Brady Scholarship Endowment

Established in 2010 by Jerry D. and Trula E. Duane, the purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for undergraduate students within CHSS. Recipients may be either full-time or part-time, and may be in-state, out-of-state. Recipient will qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Candidates must submit an essay detailing how they have overcome a challenge in their life and how they are motivated to succeed. Recipient must maintain at least a 3.3 GPA. This scholarship may be renewable. 

Current students may apply for this scholarship through the Office of Financial Aid Award Spring portal. Contact Cameron Carter at ccarte17@gmu.edu for assistance with the application process.

Duane Scholarship Recipients

William Weaver Prize in Italian Studies

The William Weaver Prize in Italian Studies is names in memory of William Weaver, a pre-eminent translator of modern Italian literature. Weaver is best known for his translations of Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, and Primo Levi, as well as Italian poetry and opera libretti. During his lifetime, he translated over 50 books; his translations earned him a National Book Award, two PEN translation prizes, and the PEN medal for translation in recognition of his life’s work.

Students who qualify and are interested in the scholarship should apply through the MCL department and contact Dr. Kristina Olson at kolson4@gmu.edu.

Undergraduate & Graduate

Dean's Challenge Awards

The Dean's Challenge was established in 2007 to acknowledge exceptional undergraduate and graduate students who have excelled while making academically challenging choices. The recipients of this award receive a stipend, funded by generous donations from friends of the college, to help with their educational expenses.

Annually in the spring semester, each department nominates students for this award, typically one student in BA/BS programs, one student in an MA program, and one student in a PhD program. Only nominated students may apply. For more information contact the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean's Office at chss@gmu.edu.

Dean's Challenge Recipients

Mary Roberts Rinehart Fellowship Endowment

Established in 1998 by Mrs. Rinehart’s granddaughter, Gratia Rinehart Montgomery, to encourage, promote, and develop creative writing by making awards to talented writers at George Mason University by providing or awarding, among other things, scholarships or fellowships for deserving students.

Students apply for this scholarship through the English department. Questions about the scholarship and its application process can be directed to Bill Miller at wmiller@gmu.edu.

Mary Roberts Rinehart Scholarship Endowment

Established in 1982 by the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation to encourage and promote creative writing.

Students must apply for this scholarship through the English department. Questions about the scholarship and its application process can be directed to Bill Miller at wmiller@gmu.edu.

Mary’s Scholarship for Homelessness Awareness and Advocacy Scholarship Endowment

Established in 2012 by Mary L. Bauer, MA ’90, the purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for CHSS undergraduate or graduate students with a demonstrated interest in homelessness awareness or advocacy.

Students apply through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office. To learn more or for help applying, contact Cameron Carter at ccarte17@gmu.edu.

Mary's Scholarship Recipients

Modern and Classical Language Study Abroad Scholarship

To support scholarships for students participating in a GMU Study Abroad program.

Those interested in applying for the scholarship may do so through the MCL department. For more information contact Jen Barnard at jbarnard@gmu.edu.

Wendi Kauffman Memorial Writer’s Endowed Fund

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for students in their work as writers and to promote their success. Examples of possible uses include, but are not limited to: support for attending conferences or other venues for getting connected with other writers, editors, or agents; retreats or similar venues that allow writers to engage in extended, uninterrupted periods of productive work; acquisition of writer tools such as printers, printing supplies, or computers; payment of tuition or expenses related to attending the creative writing program. This fund was started in 2015 with donations from alums to honor the late alumnus whose short story collection, Helen on 86th Street and Other Stories, became the first title published by Stillhouse Press in the summer of 2014. Stillhouse Press is an independent, student-run non-profit press based out of Northern Virginia.

This scholarship is offered by the English department. For questions about the scholarship contact Bill Miller at wmiller@gmu.edu.

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