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Alumni Board Creates Endowed Scholarship

“Alumni support like this demonstrates the significant impact that groups of alumni can make for the school and its students. The Alumni Board has made a lasting impact with this scholarship and we are very grateful,”

Sharon Caraballo, PhD, Associate Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering.

The Volgenau School of Engineering Alumni Development Board is a group of dedicated alumni volunteers who support the Volgenau School and its mission. This year, under the leadership of Hadi Rezazad, PhD ‘09, the board created a scholarship for undergraduate students.

“Joining together as a board to provide student scholarships for undergraduates is the greatest commitment this board has made to date,” says Hadi Rezazad. “By combining our contributions into one fund, we were able to create an endowed scholarship that will last for generations to come.” The Alumni Board came up with this idea in a meeting when they were discussing how to make a significant difference on the student experience and the national reputation of their alma mater.

“When companies and other potential donors see that alumni believe in their alma mater, they’re more likely to support the university,” says Dave Brown, PhD ’04.

Paul Anderson, PhD ’93, adds, “It was especially meaningful to make a gift as part of a group of enthusiastic alumni. I hope that other alumni groups or individuals will help current and future students by supporting scholarships for engineering students. At $5,000 per year for five years, a $25,000 scholarship is possible for many, and it’s a way to make a lasting impact.”

The Volgenau Alumni Development Board is excited to offer the scholarship for the first time during the fall semester of 2017. The award will go to an undergraduate student who will qualify on the basis of academic merit.

“Alumni support like this demonstrates the significant impact that groups of alumni can make for the school and its students. The Alumni Board has made a lasting impact with this scholarship and we are very grateful,” says Sharon Caraballo, PhD, Associate Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Donors to the Alumni Development Board Scholarship Fund include members of the Board for the 2016 to 2017 academic year: Paul Anderson, PhD ’93; Dave Brown, PhD ’03 Mariana Cruz, BS ’11, Jeff Fissel, BS’06, James Ogletree, BA’97, MS’04, Dennis Pereira, BS’01, Hadi Rezazad, PhD ’09; Matt Slaight, MS’03, MBA’08, Rob Walters, BS’88 For more information about how to create an endowed scholarship at the Volgenau School of Engineering —a scholarship that you can name after yourself, your family member or your company, please contact the Volgenau School at vsealum@gmu.edu or (703)993-1500.

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