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At George Mason University, we push the boundaries of what’s possible. From arts to sciences, from economics to engineering, our students are the next generation of innovators. It takes your support to ensure they excel. We’ve come a long way already—are you ready to take Mason even farther?

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The Volgenau School of Engineering invites all friends of the school to a reception in honor of former dean Dr. Lloyd Griffiths. A new outdoor space, to be named Lloyd Griffiths Plaza, is being planned for the building entrance.

Lloyd Griffiths, PhD Retirement Reception Tuesday, May 21, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. | Nguyen Engineering Building, Fairfax Campus

Support Women in Business funded student scholarships at George Mason University, sip on French wines courtesy of Vienna Vintner, and get your passport stamped for chances to win wine-themed door prizes. Net proceeds from this event will benefit the Women in Business Initiative Scholarship. Tickets: $45.

Tour of France Wine Reception: Women in Business Annual Fundraiser Thursday, May 30, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Country Club of Fairfax

You are invited to tee off at the 24th annual Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic, which raises thousands of dollars each year to support students through the Early Identification Program (EIP) and the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP). Cost: $200 per golfer.

Diversity Scholarship Golf ClassicMonday, June 10, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Westfields Golf Club, Clifton, Va.

Impact Stories

Hear personal stories from Mason students and alumni, and see donors’ perspectives on why financial support for the university is a good investment in our region.

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Your contributions provide direct financial support for our students. Gifts help fund leading research, and cover improvements to cutting-edge facilities. Learn more about where your gifts can go.

Meet Our Donors

“The crown and sash doesn’t necessarily determine who you are. But I’m able to use this as a conversation starter, and then I’m able to share my journey, my story, with whoever I’m speaking with. That’s why I compete in pageants—to use the platform to share my legacy and to inspire others.” — Cordelia Cranshaw, BSW ’14, recently crowned 2019 Miss District of Columbia USA.

Alumni Spotlight

For Social Work Grad, A Personal Mission That Inspires Others

When Cordelia Cranshaw, BSW ’14, graduated from Mason, she garnered media attention, including a story in USA Today. The reason: She beat the odds. Only 3 percent of young people in foster care go on to graduate college.

Cranshaw’s path hasn’t been easy. When she was 12, her mother went to prison, and Cranshaw and her siblings went to live with relatives. She eventually entered the foster care system at age 14. But she realized education was her path to success and making her dreams a reality. Her life goal has been to help other young people see that same opportunity.

After graduation, Cranshaw made plans to become a social worker and start a nonprofit to help at-risk youth. Done and done. Cranshaw completed a master of social work degree at the University of Maryland and now works for Washington, D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency. Her nonprofit, Acts of Random Kindness (ARK), is growing and recently secured its first grant.