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The Volgenau School of Engineering offers several scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students. We also offer research assistantships and teaching assistantships, available within specific departments of the school. We want the best talent, and we can help you come here.

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Students interested in studying at the Volgenau School of Engineering can get help through a variety of scholarships. Computer science major Danny Munoz, who served as a Marine rifleman and was a machine gunner and intelligence analyst in two tours in Afghanistan, received financial assistance through a scholarship furnished by Northrup Grumman.

Mason's Office of Financial Aid handles all applications for scholarships awarded by the Volgenau School Engineering. 


 

Bersoff Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2003 by Edward H. and Marilynn D. Bersoff. The purpose of this fund is to offer competitive four-year scholarships to attract academically gifted high school students to The Volgenau School of Engineering.

Criteria: Recipient will be ranked in the upper five percent of the Volgenau School of Engineering applicant pool; enter Mason with approximately a full-semester of college credits; a National Merit Scholar or demonstrated equivalent intellectual maturity, initiative, and independence as conveyed in letter of reference from former teachers of technical courses; demonstrate strong leadership skills and good citizenship; participated in and won technical competitions at the State and National levels; and demonstrated ability to think out-of-the box.


Sushil Jajodia Distinguished Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2003 by the Center for Secure Information Systems, this fund is to provide scholarship support to students in the Volgenau School of Engineering. The fund was renamed the Sushil Jajodia Distinguished Endowed Scholarship in 2009. Dr. Jajodia seeks to assist the Volgenau School in offering financially competitive four year scholarships to attracted academically gifted high school students to its programs. The scholarship seeks to provide opportunities for students to excel absent the burden of debt after graduation. Dr. Jajodia is University Professor, BDM International Professor of Information Technology, and Director of the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University.

Criteria: Recipient will be an entering freshman, ranked in the upper five percent (5%) of the Volgenau School of Engineering applicant pool; enter Mason with approximately a full-semester of college credits; a National Merit Scholar or demonstrated equivalent intellectual maturity, initiative, and independence as conveyed in letter of reference from former teachers of technical courses; demonstrate strong leadership skills and good citizenship; participated in and won technical competitions at the State and National levels; and demonstrated ability to think out-of-the box.


Jean Wu Distinguished Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2008 by Jean Wu, MS ’87. Jean Wu has been a member of the Board of Visitors and the Board of Trustees at George Mason University. She is a devoted supporter of George Mason University. The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship for an entering freshman pursuing a degree in the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Criteria: Recipient will be an entering freshman, ranked in the upper five percent (5%) of the Volgenau School of Engineering applicant pool; enter Mason with approximately a full-semester of college credits; a National Merit Scholar or demonstrated equivalent intellectual maturity, initiative, and independence as conveyed in letter of reference from former teachers of technical courses; demonstrate strong leadership skills and good citizenship; participated in and won technical competitions at the State and National levels; and demonstrated ability to think out-of-the box. Northern Virginia Technology Council


Daniel R. Bannister Endowed Scholarship

Established in 1997 by the Northern Virginia Technology Council Foundation (NVTC) to honor Daniel R. Bannister, former NVTC Chairman and founding Chairman of the NVTC Foundation. This endowment was created to support undergraduate juniors and seniors in the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Criteria: Applicant must be a junior or senior in the Volgenau School of Engineering with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and will qualify on the basis of need and merit.


The Dr. Lawrence Cranberg Endowed Scholarship in Science and Engineering

This endowment is in honor of Dr. Lawrence Cranberg, who was Dr. Nguyen’s physics professor and faculty advisor at the University of Virginia. Dr. Nguyen seeks to recognize the achievements and guidance of Dr. Cranberg while Dr. Nguyen was a graduate student at the University of Virginia. It was through Dr. Cranberg’s mentoring and leadership that Dr. Nguyen experienced and learned important concepts and theories regarding physics research, work ethics of scientists and visionary thinking. This experience significantly impacted Dr. Nguyen’s professional and personal activities since then.

Criteria: The updated purpose of the fund will be to provide scholarship support for students in the Volgenau School of Engineering. Recipients may be either in or out of state students. Selected by a committee appointed by the dean. The scholarship is renewable, subject to the availability of funds at the time of renewal.


James D. Palmer, PhD Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2002 to honor James D. Palmer, PhD, the first BDM International Professor of Information Technology and Associate Dean of the School of Information Technology and Engineering. Dr. Palmer was also chair of the department of systems engineering and upon his retirement in 1995, he was granted the status of Professor Emeritus. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for students in the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Criteria: Applicant must be enrolled in the Volgenau School of Engineering as an undergraduate or graduate student. Applicants may be either full-time or part-time and will qualify based on merit.


Harbitter Family Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2003 by Alan Harbitter, PhD and Lisa Harbitter. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for full-time undergraduates in information technology or engineering.

Criteria: Applicant will qualify based on the basis of academic merit and financial need, with a strong emphasis on need. Applicant must be a full-time student, a U.S. citizen with a preference given to students who are in-state.


Lloyd J. Griffiths Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2009 by multiple donors, and represented by Katherine Clark, MBA ’95, to honor Lloyd J. Griffiths, PhD, dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering from 1997 to 2012. Dr. Griffiths is now a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for an undergraduate student within the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Criteria: Applicant must be a full-time or part-time undergraduate student within the Volgenau School of Engineering. The applicant may be either in-state or out-of-state.


Association for Federal Info Resources Management Endowed Scholarship (AFFIRM)

Established in 2011 by the Association for Federal Information Resources Management. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for undergraduate students studying Applied Information Technology, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering or Systems Engineering and Operations Research.

Criteria: The applicant must be an undergraduate students studying Applied Information Technology, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering or Systems Engineering and Operations Research.


H. Randall and Anna W. Edwards Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2010 by Randall and Anna Edwards. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing a degree within the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Criteria: Applicant will qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Applicant may be a full-time or part-time student as well as in-state or out-of-state.


W. Murray Black Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2006 to honor W. Murray Black, PhD. Dr. Black has worked at George Mason University since 1971, and in 1984 became the founding chair of the newly created Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He was the first dean of the School of Computational Sciences, and he received a Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship from George Mason University. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for undergraduates pursuing a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Criteria: Applicant will be an undergraduate pursuing a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and will qualify on basis of both academic merit and financial need. Applicant may be a full-time or part-time and either an in-state or an out-of-state student.


Ronald C. Blackmond Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2009 by Mrs. Frances N. Blackmond, in memory of Ronald C. Blackmond, this fund is for undergraduate students in the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Criteria: Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student pursuing a degree in systems engineering. Applicants will qualify on the basis of merit and financial need and may be an in or out-of-state student.


John L. Howard Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2009 by Martha S. Engle and J. Reid Herlihy in memory of John L. Howard. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing a degree within the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Criteria: Applicant will qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need and must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Applicant may be a full-time or part-time student and may be an in-state or out-of-state student.


The Volgenau School of Engineering Alumni Development Board Scholarship

Established in 2017 by the Volgenau Alumni Development Board, the purpose of this scholarship is to help Volgenau School of Engineering students each year.

Criteria: The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarship support for undergraduates in the Volgenau School of Engineering. Recipients will qualify on the basis of academic merit and must be full-time students, but may be either in-state or out-of-state.


SRA Jeffrey B. Westerhoff Endowed Scholars Program

Established in 2008 by SRA International to provide scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing a degree within the Volgenau School of Engineering. This fund was created in memory of SRA’s Senior Vice President, Jeffrey B. Westerhoff.

Criteria: The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the Volgenau School of Engineering. Recipients will qualify on the basis of academic merit; and may be either in-state or out-of-state students.


E. Bernard White, PhD Memorial Fund Scholarship

This fund was created by family members, Volgenau faculty, staff, students, and alumni in memory of Dr. E Bernard White, Associate Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Criteria: The purpose of the fund is to provide two $1,000 scholarships per academic year for students majoring in engineering. Preference will be given to one male and one female African American student. Recipients must be undergraduates and may be either full or part-time and may be either in or out-of-state students. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA to maintain the scholarship. Recipients will qualify on academic merit, financial need or a combination of both.


FreBon International Corporation Endowed Scholarship

Established in 1999 by Bonnie Horner and Fred Mueller of FreBon International Corporation. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for full-time undergraduate students majoring in technology.

Criteria: Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student in the Volgenau School of Engineering, majoring in technology. Applicant must be in-state and have a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 with four years of math and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 while attending George Mason University.

 


Please contact the Office of Financial Aid to find out more about Volgenau-specific scholarships. 

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