The George Mason University Alumni Association sponsors five student scholarships:



Note: Students graduating prior to December 2014 are not eligible to apply because 
funds are distributed for the 2013-14 academic year

The Peter C. Forame Student Leader Scholarship: $2,500

The Peter C. Forame Student Leader Scholarship was established by the friends and classmates of First Lieutenant Peter C. Forame after he died in action during the Vietnam War. Mr. Forame was a past president of student government at George Mason University who possessed outstanding academic and leadership skills. His involvement exemplified that of a well-rounded student who balanced the demands of academic life with those of extracurricular activities. The George Mason University Alumni Association endowed the scholarship in 1995 so it could be awarded to deserving student leaders who demonstrate the ability to excel academically and still participate actively in university life. 

Applicant requirements:

  • Full-time undergraduate student (taking at least 12 credits)
  • 30 credit hours completed at time of application
  • Transfer students must have 15 credits completed at George Mason University
  • Participation in one or more registered student organizations
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Strong academic commitment, as evidenced by GPA and transcript
  • Demonstrated financial need

The George Mason University Alumni Association Service Scholarship: $2,500

Established in 2006, the George Mason Alumni Association Service Scholarship recognizes the importance of the volunteer role in the university community. It is awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates a commitment to service within the university community while maintaining an exemplary academic record. 

Applicant requirements:

  • Full-time undergraduate student (taking at least 12 credits) or graduate student (taking at least 9 credits)
  • Undergraduates must have 30 hours completed at George Mason University at time of application 
  • Transfer students must have 15 credit hours completed at time of application
  • Graduate students must have 9 credit hours completed at time of application
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated record of exceptional community service at George Mason University
  • Demonstrated financial need

Black Scholars Endowed Scholarship: $1,500

The Black Scholars Endowed Scholarship was established by the Black Alumni Chapter of George Mason University in 2011 to provide funding for undergraduate students from an underrepresented student population with first preference to Black/African Heritage students. The scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student who has completed at least one course within the African-American Studies minor; or has been an active or contributing member of a George Mason University student organization that promotes the advocacy and support of Black/African Heritage students. 

Applicant requirements:

  • Full-time undergraduate student (taking at least 12 credits) 
  • Undergraduates must have 12 hours completed at George Mason University at time of application 
  • First preference given to Black/African Heritage students who have displayed academic excellence, community service, and a commitment to diversity
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • At least one course within the African American studies minor
    • or
  • Active or contributing member of a George Mason University student organization that promotes the advocacy and support of Black/African Heritage students

John C. and Louise P. Wood Undergraduate Scholarship: $2,500

The John C. and Louise P. Wood Undergraduate Scholarship was established in 1975 by the
late John C. Wood. Mr. Wood overcame the challenges of blindness to serve as the mayor of the City of Fairfax from 1952 to 1963 and to become the first rector of the George Mason University Board of Visitors. Mr. Wood was instrumental in the development of George Mason University as an institution of higher learning in Northern Virginia, and in the acquisition of the land for the Fairfax Campus and the School of Law. The Wood Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded annually to a student that demonstrates unusual motivation and ability in the pursuit of education and who has contributed to the development and welfare of George Mason University and/or the great community. 

Applicant requirements:

  • Full-time undergraduate student (taking at least 12 credits)
  • 30 credit hours completed at time of application
  • Transfer students must have 15 credits completed at George Mason University
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Evident commitment to academic pursuits, university organizations and/or community service
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles in pursuit of education
  • Demonstrated financial need

John C. And Louise P. Wood Graduate Scholarship: $2,500

The John C. and Louise P. Wood Undergraduate Scholarship was established in 1975 by the
late John C. Wood. Mr. Wood overcame the challenges of blindness to serve as the mayor of the City of Fairfax from 1952 to 1963 and to become the first rector of the George Mason University Board of Visitors. Mr. Wood was instrumental in the development of George Mason University as an institution of higher learning in Northern Virginia, and in the acquisition of the land for the Fairfax Campus and the School of Law. The Wood Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded annually to a student that demonstrates unusual motivation and ability in the pursuit of education and who has contributed to the development and welfare of George Mason University and/or the great community. 


Applicant requirements:

  • Full-time graduate student (taking at least 9 credits)
  • 12 credit hours completed at time of application
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Evident commitment to academic pursuits, university organizations and/or community service
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles in pursuit of education
  • Demonstrated financial need

For inquiries, please email Andy Ackley or call 703-993-8739.

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