College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

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 was a dedicated advocate for education, serving on the Fairfax County School Board and meeting with Congress to discuss funding priorities with members of the State Department of Education. Explain what issue you would advocate for and why, if given the opportunity to meet with the Fairfax County School Board or Congress.
  • 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.

Deadline to submit applications is August 20.

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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 influenced many through her teaching, writing, and music. In what ways do you envision contributing to the field of education and making an impact on the lives of others?
  • 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.

Deadline to submit applications is August 20.

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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.

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 took pride in her Irish heritage and used it to connect with the students she advised at George Mason University. Describe how you will use your background and experiences to influence your counseling style.
  • 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.

Deadline to submit applications is August 20.

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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.
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 pioneers in the field of Education in Iran. They advocated for the education of children at an early age and established this scholarship in the hopes of continuing their legacy. Describe your enthusiasm for and commitment to the field of early childhood education.
  • 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.

Deadline to submit applications is August 20.

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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 five students (in 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:

  • HMSF award application
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement (maximum 350 words)
  • Faculty recommendation letter/s

All students eligible to apply for the scholarship will be contacted by the College of Education and Human Development on an annual basis. For more information contact office of Student and Academic Affairs at: saasuprt@gmu.edu.

Deadline to submit applications is September 13, 2018.

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2018-2019 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: September 14, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

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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.

All students eligible to apply for the scholarship will be contacted by the College of Education and Human Development on an annual basis. For more information contact office of Student and Academic Affairs at: saasuprt@gmu.edu.

Deadline to submit applications is August 6.

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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: D. Jean Wu established the Wen Pei Wu Scholarship in 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.

Deadline to submit applications is August 20.

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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