2018 Sultan Award Winner: Lily Krietzberg

2018 Sultan Award Winner: Lily Krietzberg

Mr. Steven A. Sultan and Mrs. Susan E. Sultan established the Jon Sultan Writing Award in memory of their son, Jon, who was an integral part of the first Integrative Studies cohort in 1995. School of Integrative Studies (SIS) will present the Jon Sultan Writing Award to a first year student who shows exceptional talent, versatility, and potential as a writer. The Sultan Award winner receives $1000.00 at the end of the spring semester.


The 2018 winner is New Jersey native Lily Krietzberg, a freshman who is a double majoring in Integrative Studies and Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Lily is currently pursuing concentrations in International Studies and Building Peace in Divided Societies with the hopes of joining the Peace Corp after graduation. On campus, she enjoys being a Mason Ambassador and giving tours to prospective students and their families. She also has an internship with George Mason University Hillel to organize this year's Good Deeds Day


"INTS 101: Narratives of Identity, which she took with Sharrell Hassell-Goodman, was an absolutely transformative class" says Krietzberg. She is also enjoying her Conflict and Resolution courses taught by Dog Irvin-Erickson. We are all looking forward to watching Lily continue to grow and shin as a student here at the School of Integrative Studies. 

Winners of the Sultan Award from the past years are now using their writing skills to earn them research grants! Alicia Rodriguez (2016 winner) and Olivia Stanford (2014 winner) have both applied for and won a grant from the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Studies, & Research Activities (OSCAR) and Sylvia Barely (2015 winner) is in the process on preparing her proposal now. Associate Professor, Cher Chen, has been a mentor and inspiration to these three young ladies.