College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at Mason offers nationally recognized programs to prepare students for meaningful careers that improve lives and have a global impact.

General Funds

The Dean's Excellence Fund

The CEHD Dean's Excellence Fund

You Make A Better School of Education.
You Make A Better School of Recreation, Health and Tourism

Supporting the DEAN'S EXCELLENCE FUND impacts our students and community.

The Dean's Excellence Fund is CEHD's Annual Fund.

When you click below, you can designate your gift to the area that is most meaningful to you. Thank you for Supporting CEHD!

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Why Support the CEHD Dean's Excellence Fund?

The CEHD Dean's Excellence Fund raises much-needed funds to support the college's operating budget, including:

- Graduate and undergraduate student financial aid
- Technology innovations
- Innovative academic programming

Supporting the Dean's Excellence Fund helps to create and expand undergraduate and graduate student learning environments. Annual gifts at any level help to ensure that CEHD has sustainable resources to better fulfill its academic mission.


Green and Gold Scholars Program

Mason’s School of Education was recently ranked in the top tier in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, while its Special Education program ranked 16th. One third of teachers and one half of school leaders in Northern Virginia’s world-class public schools boast a degree from Mason. The school also recently added undergraduate education degrees to address Virginia’s teacher shortage.

The School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management enrolls students in dynamic and career-ready studies in sport, recreation, tourism, hospitality and events management, while our School of Kinesiology offers degrees in athletic training; health and physical education; exercise; fitness; health promotion; and kinesiology. Your gift will not only help our students achieve their dream of a higher education but will help them impact their communities.

How It Works

  • By making a commitment to give $2,500 annually for four consecutive years (a total of $10,000) you will personally create a Green and Gold Scholars Scholarship. This scholarship can be used for a single undergraduate CEHD student who is beginning their education at Mason. Or you can choose to fund two consecutive transfer students. You may also opt to fund a fellowship for a graduate student at $3,000 per year for two years for a total of $6,000.
  • Donors may choose to designate which of the three schools within CEHD to support—the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, or the School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management.
  • Donors may 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 service member or dependent, or a student from a particular high school.


The Need for Scholarships

More than a third of Mason under-graduates are first-generation college students; about 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 country, Mason offers these students an outstanding education. And Mason is recognized by the Education Trust as one of the few universities in the U.S. with little or no disparity in graduation rates for students regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

For so many of these students with outstanding promise and their families, the costs of higher education are daunting even at a public university. Only five percent of CEHD’s students have their financial needs fully met, which means your contribution will go a long way.

Your Student, Your Difference

Through your decision to become a Green and Gold Scholar donor, you can help one student who, like you, has earned the opportunity to succeed. They simply require a bit of assistance to realize their dream.

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 special satisfaction of watching your recipient grow and develop as they prepare for their career of helping others.

Recognizing Your Gift

Each Green and Gold Scholar 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 mentorship, if desired.

Through your generous gift, you will be invited to an 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. 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 Green and Gold Scholars program, you will be invited to the Celebration of Scholarships, a campus-wide dinner held each spring that brings together scholarship donors and scholarship recipients for an inspirational and memorable evening.

To discuss your giving options, please contact:

Shirley Hartman
Director of Advancement
College of Education and Human Development
2106 Thompson Hall, Fairfax, VA 22030
703-993-2005 |

View the flyer version (PDF) of the Green and Gold Scholars Program for CEHD.

GeMStones Scholarship Program

GeMStones Scholarship Program Spring 2020 Donors and Honorees

Dr. Sylvia Auton honors Dr. David Lee Auton
Dr. Mary Anne Lecos honors Demosthenes ‘Dan’ Lecos

GeMStones Scholarship Program Spring 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Amy C. Jones
Renita Upshur

GeMStones Scholarship Program Spring 2019 Donors and Honorees

Apple Federal Credit Union Foundation honors Thomas M. Engley and R.C. Bosley
Dr. Ellen Schoetzau, MEd Education Administration and Supervision ‘75
Dr. Leo Rosenthal, DDS honors Navy Bandsman
Dr. Marlene Reagin, PhD Education ’94 honors Professor Emeritus Jeff Gorrell
Dr. Mary Anne Lecos honors Demosthenes ‘Dan’ Lecos
Dr. Sylvia Auton honors Forrest Robert Hanvey, Jr.

GeMStones Scholarship Program Spring 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Cary Hunter
Rawan Bannourah
Hannah Chong
Esther Nolton
Christina Flores
Jennifer McAdams
Kelsey Morris

About the GeMstones Scholarship Program

GeMStones is a program to provide scholarships for outstanding George Mason students and to honor local community members. The program is funded by individual donors or organizations. Each contributor provides $1,000 in funding for one student and identifies one community member to be honored by that contribution. Individuals are encouraged to honor family members, friends, or others who have contributed to the community in the best spirit of George Mason University's mission of "creating an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world."

The scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development on the basis of academic merit. In partnership with the CEHD, the vision of the program is to host a large number of deserving CEHD students. Scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee of CEHD faculty and staff appointed by the Dean of the CEHD.

Submission information

Each tribute gift of $1,064 will provide one $1,000 scholarship after the GMU Foundation’s administrative fee. All contributions are tax deductible. Multiple donations are accepted for multiple honorees and students. You can make your gift online. Checks should be made payable to the GMU Foundation. Indicate "GeMStones Scholarship" and the name of your honoree in the notes section. Please mail your gift to:

College of Education and Human Development
4400 University Drive MS 2F1
Fairfax, VA 22030

For more information contact:
Shirley Hartman
Director of Advancement