Scholarships

Funding for these scholarships comes from philanthropic support to the college. Both need-based and merit-based scholarships are awarded by the college, and most scholarship funds are credited to the student's account in late summer. These scholarships are available to students across all programs in the college. Apply now for scholarships.

For scholarships available to students in particular programs, please see the listings in that program.
Learn more about all of Mason's scholarship opportunities. There are also additional external scholarship opportunities available to students through Financial Aid. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions regarding external opportunities.

Student Emergency Assistance Fund
Support is available for current students who are experiencing immediate financial obstacles, such as homelessness and food insecurity through University Life. Requests for this funding are reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, complete the Student Emergency Assistance Fund form.

For any financial aid questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at (703) 993-2353.  For questions regarding the taxability and reporting requirements for an award, please see IRS Publication 970 at www.irs.gov.

 

Undergraduate Scholarships

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.

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 Troy Lowery at tlowery2@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. 

 Contact Troy Lowery at tlowery2@gmu.edu for questions about the scholarship.

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.

Current students who are eligible may apply for this scholarship through the Mason Scholarship Application. Contact Troy Lowery at tlowery2@gmu.edu for questions about the scholarship.



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 who are eligible may apply for this scholarship through the Mason Scholarship Application. Contact Troy Lowery at tlowery2@gmu.edu for questions about the scholarship.

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’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.

Current students who are eligible may apply for this scholarship through the Mason Scholarship Application. Contact Troy Lowery at tlowery2@gmu.edu for questions about the scholarship.

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.