Funding Opportunity


Your four-year commitment of $2,500 annually will create a new scholarship for one CEHD student in your name or in honor of a person or organization that you choose.

Goal: 20 Scholarships

Progress to date: 3 scholarships funded
Annual scholarships funded through July 2019

Mason’s College of Education and Human Development

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University is a nationally recognized leader in educator preparation, special education, counseling, and school leadership. Home to more than 4,000 students and 130 full-time instructional faculty, CEHD prepares undergraduate and graduate students for meaningful careers that improve lives and make our world a better place.

Respected for its high quality, CEHD’s graduate School of Education was recently ranked #59 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, while its Special Education program ranked #16. With 11 centers engaged in important research, and more than $16 million in research expenditures annually, the school not only trains educators, but develops knowledge and innovations that improve our educational system.

  • With more than 29,000 alumni, CEHD makes a huge impact on the quality of life in our region. One out of every three teachers and one-half of all administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class public schools has a degree from Mason. Each year our graduates win state and national awards as top teachers and top school principals. The outstanding public education system in Northern Virginia, in turn, is a magnet for the talented workforce that drives the region’s economic growth.

    Our School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism offers some of the university’s most sought-after academic programs, enrolling nearly 1,000 students in dynamic and career-ready studies in kinesiology and athletic training, health and physical education, and sport, recreation, and tourism management. [also mention the third school …]

The Need for Scholarships

For thousands of students each year, George Mason is the place where excellence meets access to opportunity. More than one-third of Mason undergraduates are first-generation college students; fully half are from underrepresented populations. We define success by the number of students we serve, not the number we turn away.

As one of just 94 top-tier public research universities in the U.S., Mason offers these students an outstanding education. And Mason is recognized by the Education Trust as one of the few U.S. universities with little or no disparity in graduation rates for students regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

For so many of these students of outstanding promise and their families, the costs of higher education, even at a public university, are daunting. While their financial need is great, only five percent of CEHD’s students have their financial needs fully met.

How it Works: the Annual Fund Scholarship

To address this problem, the College of Education and Human Development has established the Annual Fund Scholarship program, funded by annual donors to the school. Each prestigious and competitive Annual Fund Scholarship will be offered to a qualified incoming freshman of exceptional promise, who combines financial need with strong academic merit, community service, and leadership ability.

By making a meaningful commitment to give $2,500 annually for four consecutive years (for a total of $10,000), you will personally create an Annual Fund Scholarship for a single undergraduate CEHD student beginning their education at George Mason. (Alternatively, you can choose to fund a scholarship for a graduate student at $3,000 per year for two years, for a total of $6,000).

With your multi-year commitment, a scholarship is created in your name, or in the name of a person or organization that you choose to honor. Assuming the student retains his or her eligibility, your Annual Fund Scholarship will be awarded to the same student for all four years. This continuity motivates the student, allows for a true measure of impact, and fosters a mutual long-term relationship between student and donor.

And while federal regulations do not allow the donor to designate a specific student to receive a scholarship, you can indicate a preference for a recipient who meets certain criteria, such as a first-generation student, a student from a single-parent household, a military servicemember or dependent, or a student from a particular high school. You can also designate which of the three schools within CEHD you choose to support with your gift.

Your Student, Your Difference

For those who have already succeeded in life, nearly all count their blessings—mindful of the extent to which success depends upon both what an individual can control, like hard work and achievement, and upon things beyond one’s control, like opportunity, good health, and good fortune.

Through your decision to become an Annual Fund Scholarship donor, you can help one student who, like you, has earned the opportunity to succeed, but requires a bit of assistance to realize their dream. This is your opportunity to make a difference—to pay it forward with a commitment that reflects the value that you yourself place on education and on helping others.

As you follow the progress of your scholarship recipient over four years, you will see, and understand, the impact of your gift. You will gain the unique satisfaction of watching your recipient grow and develop as they prepare for their career of helping others .

And by publicly demonstrating your commitment, you will surely help inspire similar generosity in others, while proving the power of thoughtful philanthropy to shape futures and change lives.

Recognizing Your Gift

Each student recipient of an Annual Fund Scholarship will be encouraged to provide periodic personal updates on his or her progress. As the donor, you will have opportunities to meet with the recipient and to offer counsel or mentorship, if desired.

Through your generous gift to the CEHD Annual Fund, you will be invited to the annual Dean’s Reception, a gathering of CEHD faculty, students, and valued supporters. You will also be recognized by the university as a member of the President’s Circle, the group of Mason’s most loyal supporters who make annual charitable contributions of $2,500 or more for any purpose. President’s Circle donors receive exclusive email updates from the university president and are invited to a special holiday reception each December.

Finally, as a supporter of the Annual Fund Scholarship, you will be invited to the Celebration of Scholarships, a Mason-wide dinner held each spring that brings together scholarship donors and scholarship recipients for an inspirational and memorable evening.

Please Contact

Shirley Hartman
Director of Advancement
College of Education and Human Development