College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) offers a variety of competitive scholarships and awards to qualified students that 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. If you have any questions, please contact office of Student and Academic Affairs (SAA).

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.

Scholarships:

Applications are currently being accepted for scholarships denoted with “Apply Now!”

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.
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 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 enhanced her teaching methods by integrating her passion for writing and music. Describe how you envision your talents and passion contributing to the advancement of the field of Education.
  • 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.
Carnival Cruise Scholarship

Through the generosity of the Carnival Foundation, financial assistance is available to promising scholars who are interested in cruise ship management. Several scholarship awards (valued at $1,250 each) will be made during Winter Break to successful students enrolled in and completing TOUR 480 / 331 (Cruise Ship Management). The purpose of the scholarship is to create an economically diverse group of course participants by supporting students who demonstrate financial need and academic promise.

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

  1. Be a declared major in the Bachelor of Science (Tourism and Events Management) program at George Mason University,
  2. Be a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) during the Spring semester,
  3. Be enrolled in TOUR 480/331 (note pre-requisites),
  4. Successfully complete TOUR 480/331,
  5. Begin the Spring semester with a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0,
  6. Submit a current resume and statement of interest/commitment, and
  7. Demonstrate financial need.

Note: the scholarship award is also contingent upon the course being offered. No award will be given if the course is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or for any other reason that qualifies the course participants for a full refund of course tuition and fees. Funds will be transferred to scholarship recipients after successful completion of the course (in February).

Scholarship award recipients will be notified by mid-November to early December.

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. Contributors to the GeMStones Scholarship Program 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 (CEHD) on the basis of academic merit. Scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee of CEHD faculty and staff appointed by the Dean of CEHD.

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: At George Mason University, we include and embrace a multitude of people and ideas in everything we do and respect differences. Explain how you actively uphold and promote Mason’s value of diversity and inclusion.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to your academic merit, preferably a faculty member, mentor, or academic advisor. Please provide the following link to your recommender: https://gmucehd.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a90knnV332g3CWV
  • Currently enrolled in a College of Education and Human Development program at the graduate or undergraduate level.
  • Meet a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 for undergraduate students and 3.5 for graduate students.

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 10 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 heritage and identity as an Irish woman played a strong role in her career at Mason, counseling international students. Explain how your background will influence your style (or strategy) of building rapport and providing counseling services to clients.
  • Enrolled in the 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.
Lynettee R. Heppe Memorial Scholarship

Lynettee Renee Heppe was a 1999 graduate of George Mason University and a dedicated school teacher in Fauquier County, Virginia. Mrs. Heppe loved teaching kindergarten children and always believed that her students would achieve great things in life. She had an amazing influence on all those who knew her as “Mrs. Heppe,” as well as the parents of those children. She was deeply devoted to her school and to her friends with whom she taught.

The Lynettee R. Heppe Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established to support graduate students within the College of Education and Human Development who will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at George Mason University, based on academic merit and financial need.

An essential requirement is that a student demonstrates high potential for entering and remaining in the field of Elementary Education as a classroom teacher. Recipient(s) may be a full-time or part-time student. Recipient should be a current or former resident of Fauquier County, Virginia, however, all in-state students are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to a graduate of Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia.

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: Tell us about your educational, personal, and professional goals and why you have chosen to become a teacher at the K-6 grade level.
  • Currently enrolled in a College of Education and Human Development graduate program in preparation for teaching at the K-6 grade level.
  • Have a strong academic record and maintain good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher).
  • Be enrolled in at least 3 credits for fall 2019.
  • Evidence that you are/have been a resident of Fauquier County, or currently reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • If you are a graduate of Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia, please provide a copy of your high school transcripts or diploma.

Joan Packer Isenberg Endowed Scholarship

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 ASTL Program.

The purpose of the 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.

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

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

  • 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.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Enrolled in ASTL Program at the George Mason University.
Helen Kellar Scholarship

The Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University is pleased to offer the Helen Kellar Scholarship for the fall 2019 semester.

The Helen Kellar Scholarship was established to support PhD students within the College of Education and Human Development whose research is focused on individuals with disabilities. The recipient(s) may be a full-time or part-time student. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate academic merit.

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

  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program within the College of Education and Human Development.
  • Have a strong academic record and maintain good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher).
  • Be enrolled in at least 1 credit hour for fall 2019.
  • Essay topic: Submit an essay outlining your research plan that is focused on individuals with disabilities (maximum 500 words).
  • Reference Letter: Submit a letter of reference from the faculty advisor guiding the research.
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 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. 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 these important figures' 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: Dr. Simin Redjali and Dr. Said Khadiri were innovators of education for young students in Iran, and passionate advocators for early childhood education. Describe how your eagerness to teach young learners may impact future generations.
  • 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.
Lewis/Russell Severe Disabilities Scholarship

Martin Russell was born prematurely and with severe disabilities. Laura Lewis was hired as Martin’s nanny and caregiver when he was four years old, and he flourished in her care. Her creativity, passion to make a difference, and hard work were reflected in Martin’s responses and learnings. When Martin went to kindergarten, Laura was hired by Fairfax County Public Schools as an instructional aide in Martin’s classroom. Leading by example, Laura was successful in transforming a school that had relatively little experience with children with severe disabilities, and trained school personnel, including administrators, teachers, therapists, and caregivers. Laura not only taught other people how to “teach” Martin the traditional learnings in an academic environment, but how to really reach him and understand his responses. Following her passion and dream, Laura attended George Mason University to earn a degree in Special Education.

The Lewis/Russell Severe Disabilities Scholarship was established to support graduate students within the College of Education and Human Development who are pursuing licensure in the Adapted Curriculum. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.

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: Tell us about who or what inspired you to become a teacher to students with severe disabilities. How do you see yourself transforming the lives of others and making a difference in the field of Education?
  • Currently enrolled in the Students Who Access the Adapted Curriculum certificate program within the College of Education and Human Development.
  • Have a strong academic record and maintain good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher).
  • Be enrolled in at least 3 credits for fall 2019.

Hattie M. Strong Foundation (HMSF) Scholarship

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation is a charitable private foundation incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1928. The Foundation’s activities consist of the administration of a scholarship program and a grant program. The scholarship program is aimed at college students enrolled in teacher-training programs at selected partnering institutions. The Foundation’s current priority is to assist organizations that provide out-of-school-time programming.

The HMSF award is presented to six students (divided between the fall and spring semesters) in the College of Education and Human Development who are in the final year of enrollment in an initial teacher preparation licensure program. The candidates must have academic merit and financial need.

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

  • Have exhibited outstanding success and enthusiasm with field experience and/or student teaching;
  • Have demonstrated financial need by applying for financial aid in the past; and
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

In accordance with the wishes of the HMSF, scholarship candidates must meet the above criteria, and include the following in their application packet:

All students eligible to apply for the scholarship will be contacted directly by the College of Education and Human Development. For more information, please contact the office of Student and Academic Affairs at: cehdsaa@gmu.edu.

2019-2020 Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP)

The primary purpose of the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP) is to provide financial support to students who are preparing to teach in one of Virginia's critical shortage teaching areas. The critical shortage teaching areas are determined annually through the Supply and Demand Survey for School Personnel, based on data received by school divisions in Virginia. Shortages in specific subject areas are derived from the top 10 academic disciplines identified by the survey as shortage fields.

Subject to available funding, these scholarship loans are available to teacher candidates who are/have:

  • Enrolled full-time or part-time in an approved (undergraduate or graduate level) teacher education program.
  • Maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
  • Nominated for such scholarship by the institution where they are enrolled. Undergraduates at or beyond the sophomore year in college, must have been in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

In addition, the candidates must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • be enrolled in a program leading to an endorsement in a critical shortage area as established by the Board of Education [i.e., Special Education, Elementary Education (Pk-6), Middle Education (Grades 6-8), Career and Technical Education, Mathematics (Grade 6-12, including Algebra I)]; or
  • be a minority teacher candidate enrolled in any teacher endorsement area.

Teacher candidates who previously received funding through the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program are not eligible.

Complete applications must be submitted directly to the George Mason University College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Student and Academic Affairs (SAA) office. You may either drop off or mail your application to:

College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)
Student and Academic Affairs
Attn: VTLSP Scholarship
4400 University Drive, MS 4B4
Thompson Hall, Suite 2300
Fairfax, VA 22030

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline to submit application: July 1, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Kyle Robert Wilson was raised in Prince William County, Virginia and graduated from Hylton High School where he excelled in baseball. Kyle went on to attend George Mason University earning a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 2005. Kyle joined the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue on January 23, 2006. On April 16, 2007, Technician I Kyle Wilson died in the line of duty fighting a house fire in Prince William County.

While a student in the Athletic Training Education Program and as a professional firefighter, Kyle was passionate about helping others. He was loved and respected by family, friends, and colleagues alike for his intelligence, integrity, and fun loving attitude.

To honor his life and further his legacy, Kyle’s family has established the Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship to financially assist a current George Mason University Athletic Training student. Reflecting Kyle’s character the recipient will exhibit integrity, a passion for professional growth and physical fitness, and a commitment to the service of others. The scholarship is funded from donations collected at the annual Kyle Wilson Memorial Walk for Fitness. Each April at the Walk for Fitness, Prince William County and George Mason University communities come together to celebrate Kyle’s passion for physical fitness and to recognize the recipient of the Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

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

  • Current student in the Athletic Training Education Program. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in the professional phase (Sophomore, Junior, Senior) of the program.
  • Must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA.

In accordance with the wishes of the Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship, scholarship candidates must meet the above criteria, and include the following in their application packet:

  • Kyle Wilson Scholarship application
  • Personal Statement (maximum 500 words)
    Essay topic: You choose the title. Theme should be autobiographical in nature, describing the experiences that have shaped your life, your present activities, aspirations for the future, and why you should be considered for this award.
  • Resume
  • Faculty recommendation letter(s), which should be submitted via the following link: https://gmucehd.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_agWqLK1jeOnyYfz

All students eligible to apply for the scholarship will be contacted directly by the College of Education and Human Development. For more information, please contact the office of Student and Academic Affairs at: cehdsaa@gmu.edu.

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: D. Jean Wu established the Wen Pei Wu Scholarship in the memory of her father, who instilled the desire for education in his children. Describe who or what inspired you to pursue a career in Education.
  • 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.

Awards:

Nominations are currently being accepted for awards denoted with “Accepting Nominations”

Teachers of Promise (TOP)

The Teachers of Promise Institute seeks to identify and recognize the best prospective teachers from college and university Schools of Education from across Virginia. The goal of The Institute is to celebrate the calling to teach, to elevate the teaching profession to the status it deserves, and to activate participants to navigate their true potential. The Institute features a wide range of activities, including small mentor group sessions, concurrent workshops, and keynote addresses. The event is usually in early March and is held in Richmond, Virginia.

CEHD provides funds to cover registration, lodging, and accommodations for 5 students. Students will also receive a medal of recognition for participating and representing CEHD at the Teachers of Promise closing ceremony.

Faculty are encouraged to select a student from their perspective program who models high professional and personal standards and demonstrates enthusiasm for the teaching profession. Nominations are open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (VACTE) Award

The Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (VACTE) is comprised of institutions of higher education in Virginia that prepare teachers and other school professionals for work in classrooms in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation.

VACTE provides leadership on issues related to professional education, with primary focus on teacher education and promotes effective public policy regarding professional education, enhances and improves professional education programs at member institutions, and enhances the professional effectiveness of members.

Every year the VACTE offers two distinguished award to CEHD student:

  1. VACTE Initial Teacher Licensure Scholarship ($1500)
    Nominations will be taken through the office of Student and Academic Affairs via online nomination form. A review committee comprised of program faculty and program advisors will review nominations and select a winners. The award will be announced in early December with the funds awarded at that time. Recipients will be recognized at the VACTE spring meeting.

    While CEHD may submit only ONE nomination, programs may submit more than one nomination. Nominees must meet the criteria listed below:

    • Nominee must be a student fully admitted to a teacher education program granting initial licensure. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for consideration.
    • Nominee must have prior or current experience in working with children or young adults.
    • Nominee must have demonstrated a high level of scholarship in previous studies (a 3.2 GPA or higher).
    • Nominee must come from an institution that is a member of VACTE in good standing. Membership dues must be paid before the nominee will be moved through the application process. Institutions will be notified of their membership status.
  2. VACTE Advanced Preparation Scholarship($1500)

    Nominations will be taken through the office of Student and Academic Affairs via online nomination form. A review committee comprised of program faculty and program advisors will review nominations and select a winners. The award will be announced in early December with the funds awarded at that time. Recipients will be recognized at the VACTE spring meeting.

    While CEHD may submit only ONE nomination, programs may submit more than one nomination. Nominees must meet the criteria listed below:

    • Nominee must be a LICENSED teacher, fully admitted to a graduate education program leading to an endorsement in advanced studies, including, but not limited to Reading Specialist, Math Specialist, and Administration and Supervision.
    • Nominee must have demonstrated a high level of scholarship in their graduate studies (a 3.5 GPA or higher).
    • Nominee must come from an institution that is a member of VACTE in good standing. Membership dues must be paid before the nominee will be moved through the application process. Institutions will be notified of their membership status.

Nominations are made using an online form. Filling out the nomination form in its entirety is extremely important.

Virginia Scholars Award

The Virginia Scholars Award was established in 1997 by the IOTA (VA) State Organization of Delta Kappa Gamma. Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society that promotes excellence in education. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding women education graduates at Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities that offer teacher training.

Below is the suggested criteria for selection of nominees:

  • Classroom performance/grades/GPA
  • Employment experience
  • Practicum/student teaching performance
  • Community/extracurricular activities
  • Character traits commensurate with teaching profession
  • Overall potential in the field of education