Reward and Recognition

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship

Upon receiving a $25,000 endowment in 2010, Mason decided to establish a competitive $250 book scholarship for eligible full-time and part-time Mason faculty and classified staff who are enrolled in a degree or graduate certificate program at Mason.

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage, support and advance continuing education for Mason faculty and classified staff, while recognizing that the pursuit of an education is a life–long process. The book scholarship will be awarded on a competitive basis each year.

The scholarship is based upon the market performance and investment results of the endowment, hence it is a sustainable program designed to be awarded every year. In addition, to support the scholarship, people may choose to donate to the scholarship fund by visiting the Giving to GMU website. Click on the “Give” tab, select “Click here to select other funds or support multiple designations,” and scroll to the bottom to select “Other (fund not listed)” and fill in account #160013, Raise the Rate.

Recipient Spotlight


Mariam Aburdeineh, Office of University Branding

Ali Bartow, Student Centers

LaTisha Elcock, Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities

Crystal Fickers, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship



Marie Calle, College of Science

Jacelyn Tyson, Communications and Marketing



Eve Montavon, Learning Services

Sheila Davis, Research and Innovation Initiatives



Kathy Dodd, Communications and Marketing

Laura Todd, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning



David Corwin, Program Coordinator

Women and Gender Studies

  • Full-time or Part-time George Mason University faculty and classified staff enrolled in a degree or graduate certificate program at Mason
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 or above
  • Satisfactory performance evaluation
  • Complete the nomination form and attach a written essay (250 words or less) telling us about yourself and your educational goals.

The scholarship award recipient is chosen by the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship Selection Committee. All applications are redacted for any personal identifiers (e.g., name, department, title) before review by the Selection Committee. Representatives from the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Financial Aid and Human Resources & Payroll Department comprise the Selection Committee.

To nominate someone or yourself, please submit the Nomination Form.


What is the timeline?

Applications are due July 15, 2022.

Who is eligible?

Full-time and part-time faculty and staff who are enrolled in a degree or graduate certificate program at Mason AND who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 with a satisfactory performance evaluation.

I applied last year. Can I apply again?

Yes, as long as you were not awarded the scholarship and still meet all of the criteria, you are welcome to apply.

I have been admitted to a Mason degree or graduate certificate program, but I haven't started classes yet. Can I apply?

You must wait until you’ve completed at least one class and therefore have an established GPA.