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Scholarships and Awards

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) offers a variety of competitive scholarships and awards to qualified students to help defray educational costs associated with attending Mason and recognize potential contributions to CEHD fields.

Outstanding, qualified students may be considered for university, local, state, regional, and national scholarships and awards by completing an online application. Some applications may require faculty nomination.

Decisions are made by faculty who are charged with reviewing applications and selecting recipients. Descriptions of scholarships and awards and submission criteria are provided below.

Spring 2017 Scholarship Applications are now closed. No further submissions will be accepted. Check back periodically for new award postings.

Annette Gorn Memorial Scholarship

Mary A. Gorn, known as Annette, was born on March 27, 1947, in Athlone, Ireland. She divided her childhood between Ireland and America before settling in Los Angeles, California. In 1981, she married Michael H. Gorn, and they moved to Alexandria, Virginia, where they lived for sixteen years. In 1987, she earned a master’s degree in education, with a specialization in counseling and development, from George Mason University. Annette then joined the George Mason University Academic Advising staff as a counselor, a position she held for ten years. A discerning and thoughtful listener, she advised international students, a specialty that reflected her unwavering identity as an Irish woman. She made important contributions to the lives of many young people during her career at the university. Annette passed away on April 23, 2000.

The Annette Gorn Memorial Scholarship was established in her memory.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline, including essay (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: Annette Gorn’s unwavering identity as an Irish woman reflected in her professional career as a counselor, specifically advising international students at Mason. In what ways do you envision your background and identity contributing to your work in the field of counseling and development?
  • Enrolled in the Graduate School of Education majoring in Counseling and Development.
  • Naturalized U.S. citizen, a foreign national, or the offspring of parents born abroad.
  • Enrolled in at least 6 graduate credit hours.
  • A strong record of academic merit and demonstrated financial need.

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Catherine “Cathy” Belter Scholarship

Catherine “Cathy” Belter devoted her life to education. Cathy was a full-time education activist. She served two terms on Fairfax County’s School Board; met with Congress and discussed funding priorities with members of the State Department of Education; wrote many articles and manuals; and presented workshops on educational issues and parental involvement in 29 states.

The Catherine “Cathy” Belter Memorial Fellowship Endowment was established in her memory in hopes of continuing her legacy of energetic support of education for all.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline, including essay (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: Cathy Belter devoted her career to improving the education landscape for schools and families in the Commonwealth of Virginia. How do you envision yourself continuing this legacy of energetic support of education for all in the Fairfax County Public School System?
  • Enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development pursuing a program of study leading to a Virginia state teaching license or graduate degree.
  • Be currently employed in the Fairfax County Public School system.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the teaching profession and the field of education.
  • A strong record of academic merit and demonstrated financial need.

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Joan Packer Isenberg Endowed Scholarship

Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning: Excellence in teaching and learning

Award amount: $1000

The Joan Packer Isenberg Endowed Scholarship, in collaboration with The Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning Program (ASTL) and the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), recognizes excellence in teaching and learning. The award acknowledges an exemplary Master’s degree candidate who is seeking to improve the lives of learners through advanced professional development in the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) Program.

The purpose of the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) Program is to develop: research-focused, student-centered teacher leaders whose teaching practice is aligned with the five Core Propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS); teacher expertise in a selected content area; competent, knowledgeable, critically- reflective professionals who support P-12 learning, work collaboratively with colleagues, families, and communities; and teachers’ effective cultural and linguistic practices that impact student learning and support change agency.

2016-17 Applicant Eligibility

A $1000 educational award will be made by the Joan Packer Isenberg Endowed Scholarship to a distinguished teacher enrolled in the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning Program at George Mason University who has completed a minimum of the Core course EDUC 612 (2 credits) AND another course (3 credits) in either the teacher’s area of specialization or the Core; the teacher must be in good academic standing.

2016-17 Applicant Due Date and Submission

Applications are due no later than Monday, January 23, 2017.

Completed applications will only be accepted via email. For application submission, please email the application as an attachment to: aptdie@gmu.edu with Isenberg Scholarship in the subject line.

For assistance or answers to any questions/concerns, please email: aptdie@gmu.edu, with the Isenberg Scholarship in the subject line.

Application Process

Eligibility: Any teacher enrolled in the ASTL program, who has completed a minimum of five credits (EDUC 612 AND three additional credits), and is in good academic standing may submit an application. The completed application should be submitted by the deadline (5 PM Eastern Time).

Application and Materials

Please CLICK HERE to download the Application.

Please complete and submit by email all required application information and statements.

Selection of the Exemplary ASTL Teacher Enrolled in the ASTL Program

A committee will review all nominations.

Recognition Ceremony

The award will be presented in Spring 2017 at a planned event. At that time, the recipient will receive a plaque and a $1000 stipend.

For further information about the ASTL Program, CLICK HERE

Dr. Marjory F. Brown-Azarowicz Scholarship

Dr. Marjory F. Brown-Azarowicz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She was a former professor emerita in the Graduate School of Education. Among her numerous accomplishments in her career, she was the author of many books, articles, and journals. In retirement she taught piano and was a member of the Washington and Northern Virginia Music Teachers Associations. Dr. Brown-Azarowicz died on May 28, 2009.

The Dr. Marjory F. Brown-Azarowicz Endowed Scholarship in Education was established in her memory.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline, including essay (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: Dr. Marjory F. Brown impacted the lives of many through her academic scholarship, commitment to teaching, and contributions to the field of education. In what ways do you aspire to influence the lives of children through your teaching?
  • Enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development pursuing a program of study leading to initial teaching licensure.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the teaching profession and the field of education.
  • A strong record of academic merit and demonstrated financial need.

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Dr. Sakineh “Simin” Redjali and Dr. Said Khadiri Scholarship

Dr. Sakineh “Simin” M. Redjali devoted her life to education. She received her PhD in Education and Clinical Psychology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of London, she became the first woman professor at the National University of Iran, and a National Science Foundation Fellow and Fulbright Scholar in the United States. Among Dr. Redjali’s many accomplishments, she authored several books and scholarly articles written in English, German, and Farsi, including her autobiography, “A Symphony of Life: Triumph of Education over Adversity.”

Dr. Said Khadiri was a pioneer in the area of music education in Iran. He received his PhD in Music Education and Piano from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and was a Fulbright Scholar in the United States. Among Dr. Khadiri’s many accomplishments, he produced and directed 252 films and video cassettes for the National Iranian Radio-Television of musical performances by children attending the Music Studios for Children and Young Adults.

The Sakineh “Simin” M. Redjali, PhD and Said Khadiri, PhD Graduate Scholarship Endowment was established in hopes of continuing their legacy of energetic support of early childhood education for all.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline, including essay (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: Drs. Simin Redjali and Said Khadiri were pioneers in education in Iran, devoting their life’s work to educational advocacy, access, and scholarship. How do you envision yourself continuing the legacy of Drs. Redjali and Khadiri, one of energetic support of early childhood education for all?
  • Enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development pursuing a degree or licensure in Early Childhood Education.
  • A strong record of academic merit and demonstrated financial need.

Special Notes:

  • Preference will be given to students of Persian ancestry.
  • Recipient may be an in-state, out-of-state, or international student.

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Wen Pei Wu Scholarship

Wen-Pei Wu was born in Chongquing, Sichuan Province, China. He studied economics at Chow Yang University in Hubei Province, China. He gave up his study and joined the Chinese Air Force after Japan invaded China in 1938. He believed that education provided the essential foundation for a productive, rewarding, and fulfilled life. He advocated education for all and often encouraged and helped others to learn. Wen-Pei Wu enjoyed a lifetime of learning and continued studying well into his 80s.

D. Jean Wu established the Wen Pei Wu Scholarship in the memory of her father, who instilled the desire for education in his children.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline, including essay (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: Wen Pei Wu considered education to be the foundation for a productive, rewarding, and fulfilled life. How do you envision yourself promoting to others, and embracing in your own life, the significance of lifelong learning and continued study?
  • Be a graduate or undergraduate student pursuing an initial licensure within PK-12.
  • A strong record of academic merit and demonstrated financial need.

Special Notes:

  • Recipient may be either full-time or part-time.
  • Recipient may be an in-state or out-of-state student.

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