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Scholarships Can Make It Happen

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. 

For Undergraduates

  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Scholarship: Scholarships are offered through Volgenau to assist current undergraduate students studying computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, systems engineering, information technology, or a related field. Applicants must show evidence of scholastic achievement and capability, and must be U.S. citizens. Check with the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
  • Northern Virginia Technology Council Foundation (NVTC)/Daniel R. Bannister Scholarship ($1,000 to $2,500): This scholarship honors Daniel Bannister, former NVTC chairman and founding chairman of the NVTC Foundation, and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the George Mason University Foundation. Check with the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

For Graduate Students

  • President's Graduate Scholarship: One scholarship each year is awarded to an entering, full-time PhD student in each of the PhD programs in Volgenau School. The scholarship covers tuition for nine credits per semester, and provides a stipend of $18,000 a year. Application criteria are a GPA of at least 3.5 from the most recent degree, and combined GRE scores of 1200. The scholarship is available for three years, provided the recipient maintains at least a 3.5 GPA at the end of his/her first and second years and is making continuous progress toward the dissertation. Students should contact the director of the appropriate PhD program to apply as soon as they apply to the PhD program. Check with the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
  • Carl M. Harris Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established by family, friends, colleagues, and former students of Carl M.Harris. Dr. Harris was BDM International Professor, associate dean for research and graduate studies, and chair of the departments of Systems Engineering, Operations Research and Applied Statistics, and Operations Research and Engineering in Volgenau School. Applicants must be full-time graduate students pursuing a master's degree in operations research at Volgenau. Students qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The scholarship is renewable, provided the recipient continues to meet these criteria. Contact the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department to apply.

For Undergrad and Graduate Students

  • Volgenau School Departmental Scholarships: These scholarships are offered through specific departments. Contact the individual department for information and forms.
  • Accenture Scholarship ($1,000 to $2,000): Applicants must be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students who plan to attend the Volgenau School of Engineering, the School of Management, or the College of Arts and Sciences at Mason. Applicants must have a strong interest in pursuing a career in business consulting, as demonstrated by courses they have taken. Applicants must show superior academic achievement and participate in extracurricular activities and/or community service. Check with the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

From Companies and Organizations

  • Barry Goldwater ScholarshipThe Goldwater offers an award of up to $7,500 of undergraduate education costs (for one or two years) to sophomores and juniors interested in an academic or research career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or national. Mason's application deadline is on December 1. Applicants must be full-time juniors or seniors at George Mason University, enrolled in a major in Volgenau School. They also must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and qualify on the basis of need and merit. Preference is given to Northern Virginia residents. The scholarship is renewable as long as the recipient continues to meet these criteria.
  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) NOVA Scholarship (up to $4,000): These scholarships assist undergraduate and graduate students studying in technical fields such as information technology, engineering, natural and physical sciences, mathematics, and other technology-related fields supportive of national security. Applicants qualify on the basis of merit.
  • American Society of Naval Engineers Scholarship ($2,500 to $3,500): Scholarship candidates will be in either the last year of a full-time undergraduate program or first year of a graduate program leading to a designated engineering or physical science degree. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, and graduate student candidates must be members of American Society of Naval Engineers or Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
  • UNCF-Northrop Grumman Scholarship​:  Scholarship candidates must be U.S. citizens, African American and enrolled full-time as an undergraduate in their freshman, sophomore or junior year.  Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and be pursuing a major in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering or Systems Engineering. ​
  • UNCF STEM Scholars Program: Scholarships are awarded to incoming African American freshmen who aspire to earn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) degrees and to pursue careers in STEM fields. 
  • Virginia Department of Transportation (for civil engineering majors): The Civil Engineering Scholarship Program (CESP) provides a $3,500 stipend for the fall and spring semesters. Stipends are issued based on continued program eligibility. Participants spend summers working in a paid position with the Virginia Department of Transportation working directly with a professional engineer to ensure their experience contributes to their studies, career goals and developmental needs. 
  • Society of Women EngineersSES scholarships, offered to incoming freshmen, undergraduates, and graduate students, support women pursuing careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. Applicants complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. ​
  • National Society of Black EngineersThe society offers scholarship packages of from $500 to $10,500 to undergraduate and graduate students. To be eligible for NSBE scholarships you must be an active, paid NSBE member and submit your transcript for GPA confirmation.
  • Society of Hispanic Professional EngineersIncoming freshmen and undergraduates can apply for up to six scholarships worth up to $5,000, each with its own criteria.​
  • American Indian Science and Engineering SocietyThe AISES College Program focuses on increasing American Indian and Alaska Native college students' access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. A variety of scholarships are offered, such as five Certified Federal Surveyors awards of $1,200 each, and up to 10 AISES ExxonMobil Geosciences (Field Work) Scholarships of $3,000 each. ​​
  • MicrosoftMicrosoft awards college tuition scholarships to encourage students to pursue studies in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. Awards are based on a demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence and leadership.​

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